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  • Images

    Images

    Well, I tried it. I got about 45 minutes into it before I realized that being able to say “hey, I watched this movie” is not worth the pain of actually watching this movie. I can’t put my finger on why I could not connect to this film on any level, outside of the overwhelming dated 70’s vibe permeating every scene; but I have seen plenty of movies where I have been able to put this aversion aside, so there’s…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★

    I’d seen this movie once before, way back when my love affair with old movies had just begun. And I was amazed that it was released in 1955. The cinematography seemed so ahead of its time; the sets purposely artificial - like a gothic version of the American countryside - lending the film an otherworldly aura that made it so different from anything I had seen up to that point. The story of a psychopathic preacher who goes around killing…

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  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★½

    The plot of this movie is well known: A young woman begins her life with her new husband, in the house she inherited from her murdered aunt. But after a series of strange events, she begins to question her sanity. This film is an adaptation of the play by the same name, which is where the term “gaslighting” originated (we know where this is going)...

    I remember enjoying this film a lot more the first time I saw it, many…

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    ★★★★½

    This movie is clever and sexy. It is about the intertwining love lives of different characters, and how everything finally comes to a head one summer night. That’s the kind of synopsis that would usually scare me away (which is why it’s taken me so long to watch this highly regarded film), but this is no cheesy romance. There is something refreshingly honest and unsentimental in its approach, as characters who might otherwise be cast as licentious villains or virtuous…