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My 4 All-Time Favorites. If I give something 3-Stars then it is worth seeing if the material interests you.

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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★★

    Claudia was a comely young woman and not without prospects. Therefore it was heartbreaking to her mother that she would enter into marriage with William Munny, a known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition. When she died, it was not at his hands as her mother might have expected, but of smallpox. That was 1878. – Opening Title Card

    While a beloved film, many have judged Eastwood’s acting as “only OK.” A mistake! Remorse and…

  • Fatal Attraction

    Fatal Attraction

    ★★★½

    They say – sex psychologists, that is – that women decide early on whether or not they are going to sleep with a man if the opportunity arises. Michael Douglas is married man Dan Gallagher, and it’s apparent immediately that he has an abundant life with wife Anne Archer and a little girl named Ellen who is mostly well-behaved; it is wryly dissected in a matter of shots how that married life has become conventional, messy and haphazard, un-romantic by…

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  • Bronco Billy

    Bronco Billy

    ★★½

    Clint Eastwood’s adoring tribute to a travelling Wild West show featuring cowboys, lasso artists, snake wranglers, and of course, a fetching cowgirl dame whomever is on the rotation. Gruff and hard-headed, Eastwood is a boss that cares more about putting on a riotous show and rousing kids applause than he is about making money. Sondra Locke is the bitchy, spoiled heiress deserted by her newlywed husband only to then be corralled by Eastwood to join the circus. Within the milieu…

  • The Gift

    The Gift

    ★★★

    Cate Blanchett, who is divine but sometimes over-stresses her emotive inclinations to the point we get it and really, really know how she feels, is a Georgian tarot card psychic who becomes entangled in a crime plot that involves Katie Holmes’ sexpot. Everybody is a suspect — among the supporting cast are Chelsie Ross, Gary Cole, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Keanu Reeves, Hilary Swank, J.K. Simmons, Michael Jeter (ok, it’s not him for he’s merely a smarmy lawyer). Behind the…

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  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★★

    In 2011, I thought Contagion was very good but had far-fetched question marks only because I didn’t understand then the credibility of an airborne virus, microbes and pathogens, incubation periods, and generally the science of it all which happens to be based on actual science. I had looked at it as a “thriller.” I saw it again this week, and it predicted a lot of things right or to come, and while the science has certain variables compared to contemporary…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    “Gentlemen of the court, there are times when I’m ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion. It’s impossible for me to summarize the case for the defense because the court never allowed me a reasonable opportunity to present my case.” — Colonel Dax to the Court

    Paths of Glory was the true beginning of God Stanley Kubrick’s career – one that stood up among the best of his everything. The truth is,…