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  • Easy Virtue

    Easy Virtue

    ★★

    I didn't realize this was a silent Hitchcock, it is one of 4 Hitchcock movies on a disc I picked up. There's some neat editing tricks to go into flashback, and some interesting camera placements. The story is way longer than it needs to be.

    A woman who is posing for an artist has a drunken abusive husband. The artist falls for her ad even though she doesn't return the love, the husband finds out and kills the artist. He…

  • The Princess Comes Across

    The Princess Comes Across

    ★★★½

    Starts out as a romantic comedy, then there's a murder! Carol Lombard plays a Swedish princess who boards a ship bound for America where she has a movie contract. Fred MacMurray is a musician who falls for her. There's a guy on board who is trying to blackmail both of them. The blackmailer gets murdered. There are also several policemen on board heading to a convention in America. One Brit, one Frenchman, one German, one Russian and one Japanese man. Why the Japanese man is coming from Europe I don't know. But, he is played by a Japanese man, so that's good. Almost a 4-star movie.

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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.