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  • Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

    Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round

    ★★½

    'Well, I tell you, Jack, you wait around, you get fat..' (James Coburn as Eli Kotch)

    You know a film is probably not for you when barely ten minutes in your concentration has already begun to waiver from the lacklustre storyline and instead you focus your attention on not missing what you know is coming up soon: the blink-and-you'll-miss-it unbilled debut appearance (as a bellhop) of a ridiculously cute and young looking Harrison Ford!

    There has always been a strange…

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    'I should have waited until I met you..' (Jennifer Jones as Carrie Meeber)

    Brief Synopsis: In turn of 20th century Chicago, a successful restaurant manager (Laurence Olivier) leaves his cold-hearted wife (Miriam Hopkins) for a poor farm girl (Jones) newly arrived in the city.

    Verdict: Less than a year after George Stevens had earned considerable success for Paramount with an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (renamed A Place In The Sun), the studio tried its luck again with…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.

    This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..