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  • Steamboat Round the Bend

    ★★★★½

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    ★★★★

  • The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

    ★★

  • The World at War

    ★★★★★

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  • Little Murders

    Little Murders

    ★★★★½

    In this New York of snipers, phone breathers, roving gangs, constant brownouts, and 345 unsolved homicides, Alfred Chamberlain (Elliot Gould) has responded in the best way he can, he shrugs and tries to avoid it; apathy is his armor. When he is rescued from a seemingly daily beating by Patsy (Marcia Rodd) he doesn't bother to thank her, or to extricate her from the thugs, he just moseys away as though he was in a dream. This irritates, but also…

  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★½

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    If you want your dreams to come true, then you first need to have dreams. Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph)doesn't seem like a guy that dreams much beyond what he was told that he should want, and now that he has achieved it, he feels hollowed out. If he had ever gotten beyond job, wife, house (birth, school, work, death) none of this would have been a temptation in the first place. But he…

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  • Steamboat Round the Bend

    Steamboat Round the Bend

    ★★★★½

    A great early Ford thumb of the nose to deadweight traditions that were both unjust, and stupid in the first place. The steamboat race was both exciting and uplifting as the emblems of the past become the fuel of progress, and demon rum saves the day.

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof

    ★★★★

    I hadn't seen this one since I was a kid, so I'd forgotten nearly all of it. This is certainly a Janus-faced film, jumping from the light-hearted story of tradition clashing with the modern world, to the darker tales of pogroms and forced relocation. It's an odd fit for a musical because within that context, it's hard to express the harsh realities that would lead to both the October Revolution, Stalin's atrocities, as well as WWII genocide. Jews escaping the…

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  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what else can be said about this, aside from it being one of the most incredible examples of cinematic art ever filmed. Part Italian Neo-realism, part Hollywood drama, great New York location shooting, fabulous script, absolutely jaw dropping acting, and an amazing score. I think it's safe to say that this is like the Continental Divide of American films. There's American films before On The Waterfront and American films after On The Waterfront. Everything and everyone in…

  • Show Boat

    Show Boat

    ★★★★★

    Watching the excellent Criterion Blu-ray presentation of James Whale's groundbreaking filming of Edna Ferber's equally groundbreaking novel turned musical, Show Boat, it made me ponder how ripe this is for a new production that could address the issues that Whale was unable to. This musical, and this production were pioneering in their time; the first musical to truly integrate a story, with songs that furthered character development, as well as the first with a story that tackled issues beyond “the…