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  • Seven Days in May

    Seven Days in May

    ★★★★

    John Frankenheimer loves his paranoid political thrillers. This film is rather dense as it starts out, meaning a lot happens and you better pay attention until the ball really gets rolling. Some amazing acting on display here, Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Edmond O'Brien, Martin Balsam, all completely become their characters.

    Around 1970 (filmed in 1963) a nuclear disarmament treaty has been signed, but the military thinks that the Soviet Union will not uphold their end. Therefore, a few…

  • Festival

    Festival

    ★★★½

    An interesting documentary covering The Newport Folk Festival from 1963-1966. Lots of Joan Baez, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Bob Dylan. I'd like to have seen more of the Georgia Freedom Singers, The Staple Singers, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Son House, Fred McDowell, and Mississippi John Hurt. Even with several African-American performers, and the rest being fully committed to the Civil Rights movement, the audience was overwhelmingly white. The filmmakers even mention that in the extras.

    It is a bit…

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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.

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★★½

    Many years ago (like, 1991), I started dating this hottie, and I told her I was a big fan of old movies, and she told me one of her favorites was It Happened One Night. If she didn't like old movies, I wasn't sure we'd keep dating. Now we are closing in on 28 years being happily married. She doesn't love old movies as much as I do, but she does like many of them. We haven't watched this in many years however, and I'm happy to report it is still a joy. So is she.