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  • Umberto D.

    Umberto D.

    ★★★★

    A nice film that follows a lonely poor man around Rome. The young maid in the house he stays in is nice to him, and people are generally friendly, but he has no real close friends. Living on his pension isn't enough with the crazy inflation that Italy had after WWII and his landlady is planning on kicking him out. He's too proud to beg, even when he tries it, and he's not willing to commit suicide even though he gets close to it a few times. The ending is open-ended and frustrating.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★

    That was certainly interesting. Don't go in expecting something like Citizen Kane or Touch of Evil, this is much more like the style of F for Fake. I think Bogdanovich did a great job keeping the movie in a very 1970s style, and I can certainly see Welles' hand in it all. John Huston was great, he has such a presence, as did Orson. With such a huge cast and such choppy editing and overlapping dialog I know I didn't…

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  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★½

    Hot dog, what an awesome movie! This is maybe my sixth time watching. The first time I watched Key Largo I thought it was OK, but not great. Not sure what headspace I was in then, because the acting in this is top notch. The underrated Claire Trevor is a standout (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here), but everyone, Bogart, Robinson, Barrymore, and Thomas Gomez are all in top form. Probably the best that Bacall has ever been. Huston has some nicely framed shots and sets things up well. Highly recommended and if you don't love it, watch it again.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.