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  • Possession
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • House
  • The Tree of Life

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  • The Thin Man

    ★★★★½

  • We're Not Dressing

    ★★★★

  • Daffy Duck for President

  • Porky in Wackyland

    ★★★★½

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  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★★½

    Well, if that wasn't everything that everyone has always said that it was! What a fun, polytonal flick: a quippy comedy, a noir thriller, a murder mystery, a Christmas movie, and just generally a real cozy hang with one of the best onscreen couples of all time.

    I know the other films in the series are held in less high regard, but I'm looking forward to them just because Powell and Loy make such a winning pair that I imagine…

  • We're Not Dressing

    We're Not Dressing

    ★★★★

    Although many standard comedies and dramas of the early '30s were happy to casually toss a musical number or three into the mix, I've encountered surprisingly few capital-M Musicals from that era beyond the Busby Berkeleys and the Ernst Lubitsches and the Astaire & Rogerses, but I genuinely love the ones I have seen*. If We're Not Dressing is any indication, Bing Crosby may have had his own little string of quality musicals running alongside those giants on the down low (on…

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  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★½

    There's maybe five cumulative minutes of this movie where we get to see people living quiet, comfortable lives. The rest of the runtime is filled with depictions of humanity being chewed up by nature or by its own machinations (with most of those machinations being reducible to 'capitalism'). On that level, Sorcerer functions as the natural yin to The Exorcist's supernatural yang. It's all horror, and there's ultimately no escape (Friedkin seems to say). So cherish the hell out of that brief…

  • The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

    ★★★★½

    I definitely saw this when I was a kid, but very little of it stuck with me and I never quite understood why it didn't make its way into the pantheon of movies I watched a million times over. Now I realize that it's actually a fairly mature fantasy film and something that I probably could've only fully appreciated as an adult.

    This is as close as any movie I've seen has come to purely adapting the sensibility of a…