Roy Smith

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Movie omnivore, librarian, IT instructor, Clevelander. 
Favorites listed below are recent five-star watches.

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  • Charly

    Charly

    ★★★½

    There seems to be a bit of a bifurcation on this film based on age. Gen Xers like me seem to like it more than younger folk, probably due to most of us watching this movie or reading Flowers for Algernon or both at an impressionable time; often in school. Some of the sixties stuff doesn't seem to have aged well, though I thought it campy even as a kid. I (and as I remember, my peers) sought this out and…

  • Duel at Diablo

    Duel at Diablo

    ★★★★

    One of the meanest, cruelest westerns I've ever seen; and for it to be made in 1965 (according to the Roman numerals in the credits) is astonishing. I'm tempted to give some credit to the Vietnam War, but it being filmed so early in the conflict seems to make it more prescient than reactive. This might either be the last nail in the coffin of the Production Code, or the first nail in the post-code structure that followed; Bonnie and Clyde et al. be damned.

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

    I never thought I could walk into my local theater and choose from E. T., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original Fast and the Furious, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Fellowship of the Ring all at the same time. Then some guy in China eats an undercooked bat and now here we are. I can't say I'm suffering. I love watching this stuff.  I've never seen the original Wonka in a theater, or even in High Def. I did…

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes unfairly maligned for not being The Seven Samurai, it is one of the all-time great westerns nevertheless. Some of the biggest stars do some of their best work. Brynner of course, but in this viewing Coburn really caught my eye. He says almost nothing, yet has some of the best scenes. Bronson is in the first film of his manly trifecta; this, The Great Escape, and The Dirty Dozen. The screenplay not only has some of the best dialog…