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  • Casablanca
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Easy Living
  • Rio Bravo

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  • Deep Blues

    ★★★½

  • My Darling Clementine

    ★★★★

  • Sunset

    ★★★½

  • Cleopatra Jones

    ★★★★

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  • Deep Blues

    Deep Blues

    ★★★½

    Unlike Robert Palmer's (the writer, not the singer) book, this documentary follows Palmer and for a bit Dave Steward of the Eurythmics, as they travel south from Memphis to find some of the best current (in 1992) blues artists. I am sure I've seen another documentary where they go into Junior Kimbrough's juke joint. Perhaps it was I Am the Blues? Anyway, this has R. L. Burnside, and Big Jack Johnson. I am sure I've heard Johnson's song, "Daddy, When…

  • My Darling Clementine

    My Darling Clementine

    ★★★★

    Interesting that I watched two Wyatt Earp movies in a row, Sunset, then this one. A really great movie, just do not expect to learn any truth from it. Beautiful filming using Monument Valley as the backdrop, and lots of use of shadows and deep focus. I found it interesting that the Clantons were not really in the movie at all, just a brief introduction at the beginning and then at the end. Doc Holliday is the main foil for…

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  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★½

    What a waste of a great idea. If you decide to watch this, you can skip the first half-hour as all that happens is he's a photographer and something of a jerk. Finally, half-hour in he takes the photos that play in the plot. Then a bunch of nothing happens, then finally he develops the film and it's a great scene as he figures out just what he took pictures of. At 1 hour 34 minutes, we get to see The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. 1/2 star for the "blow-up" scene, and one star for The Yardbirds.

  • 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.