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  • Quicksand

    Quicksand

    ★★★½

    Micky Rooney is a mechanic who asks out a girl, but then realizes he doesn't have the money to pay for the date. He "borrows" $20 from the cash register planning to have it back before the accountant comes on Thursday. When the account shows up early, he buys a watch on credit and pawns it. He gets the money back but then the company that sold him the watch finds out he pawned it and they want the full…

  • The Singing Detective

    The Singing Detective

    ★★★

    A weird movie. I saw this in my library and it sounded so odd I had to check it out. I'm the first person to do so.

    A writer of pulp detective novels is suffering from a debilitating form of psoriasis and in his pain and fevers and drugs he is writing a 1950s noir in his head as a means of escape, mixing in his childhood, and real life. People from the book appear in his room, people in…

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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.