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  • Appaloosa

    Appaloosa

    ★★★★

    A really solid Western that doesn't always go where you expect, but goes where it should. I did not realize Ed Harris directed this until the movie started. Some excellent camera work, and some surprises, such as a shot of the train from an overlook, and a cougar walks into the camera frame. It was beautiful, and I don't think I'd ever seen that before. I liked the relationship between Ed Harris and Renée Zellweger. She can't help herself from…

  • Le Cercle Rouge

    Le Cercle Rouge

    ★★★½

    A slow, moody, 1970 film. The pacing reminds me of Day of the Jackle. Slow and methodical, things are introduced that are never followed up on. I guess that makes it feel lived in? Real life? Anyway, one thing I like about Melville is that he doesn't waste words. It took a while to get used to Alain Delon with a mustache. Le Cercle Rouge is a solid entry in the French crime cannon.

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  • 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.

  • 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.