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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★½

    Haven't seen this in ages (like maybe 30 years!) but have been wanting to watch it again as I love the music. My boys read Romeo and Juliet so I thought this was a good movie to show in addition to the Franco Zeffirelli version of Shakespeare. They want to watch the Baz Luhrmann one also.

    The music is really great, but I was a bit surprised at how much dancing there was, and much of the singing parts were…

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★½

    Many years ago I thought about starting a film critcism web site, and I picked up Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion (1991) and opened to a random page, read one paragraph, shut the book, and said, "It's no use, I can never be a critic." Of course, comparing my novice self to well-seasoned Ebert was a mistake anyway, but Ebert is a rare critic and a fabulous writer.

    I liked the parts talking about his history more than watching him…

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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.