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  • I Love Melvin

    I Love Melvin

    I've never seen a dancing football before. Pretty impressive! Overall, this film is rather slight and unimaginative, but Debbie Reynolds as a pigskin pixie is a lot of fun. I'm not sure how they made a whole Broadway show out of football game, but that's the least of the story's half-hearted plot points. It feels like a musical milkshake: select likable actors, make sure they're talented, throw some passable songs and obvious obstacles their way and blend. Voilà! A Saturday…

  • Streets of Fire

    Streets of Fire

    This first song is so wordy. How many words does a song need? And is it saying anything? I don't know, but it's strangely familiar. I get hints of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Bat Out Of Hell." I'm a big fan of both those songs, so what's going on here? ...Aha! The missing link is Jim Steinman, the writer of all three songs! Now that I've resolved that little distraction, I can focus on the rest of the…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    I hate this movie. It's going directly into my top 100.

    I hate that it makes my heart hurt so much and how the camera work makes me dizzy and nauseous at the horrors of war.

    I hate that the sharpness of some of the images stings my eyes, especially those of her eyes and in hearing the word Nyet, over and over to no avail.

    I hate the condemnation and perpetual self hatred and to what depths and lengths…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    I've been hemming and hawing over this film all day. Having only seen Fahrenheit 451, I hesitate to comment on Truffaut's work. It's as if I were to say about Hitchcock's Rear Window, "Hey, have you noticed that everything is through that nosy Jeff's point of view?" It's laughable. I mean books have been written on 400 Blows and now I get to say something new? :)

    So, here's my idea. If all of you Truffaut connoisseurs don't mind, I'm…