Favorite films

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Pickup on South Street
  • Wild River
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

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  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    ★★★½

  • Kiss and Make-Up

    ★★½

  • Moon Knight

  • LuLaRich

    ★★★½

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  • The Seventh Victim

    The Seventh Victim

    ★★★½

    So that room Jacqueline rents pretty much takes Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up to its inevitable conclusion.

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★½

    I can completely understand why this movie is lauded but it is not for me.

    Here's some thoughts I had while watching this film:

    - Wow, donkeys are real furry when they are young.

    - So is that the sick girl? Is she dead? Wouldn't they be more upset if she was dead?

    - So everyone's grown up now and there's the whip. And there's the donkey.

    - Oh, they're hitting the donkey. I wonder how they filmed that.

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  • The Cocoanuts

    The Cocoanuts

    ★★★

    Absolutely adored Kay Francis' hair.

    Every second someone was singing in that early-sound-era-musical-tone-of-voice (that drills directly into the pain centre of my brain), was a second that could have been spent listening to Groucho, Chico, and Harpo riff amongst themselves.

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    War-mongering apes, a couple of bloody deaths, an atom-bomb worshipping cult who use mind control powers to inflict horrible hallucinations on their enemies. Oh, and complete nuclear destruction as a show-stopper, with a voiceover declaring the earth dead, and end credits that run in complete silence.

    Typical G-rated fare from 1970.

    via My 5-year old daughter's parental controlled Disney+ account.

    She was a fan, by the way.

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★

    Yes, it plays like a Public Service Announcement for Middle America ca. 1967, but it is a beautifully acted Public Service Announcement.

    No, it hasn't dated that well, but when Tracy gives the speech at the end, and there's Katherine Hepburn looking on, eyes overflowing with tears, knowing that this will be Tracy's last moment on screen ... well it's one of those moments where the weight of what was happening outside the movie was greater than what was going on in the movie.

    And I'm not ashamed to admit, it kind of wrecked me.

  • The Naked Kiss

    The Naked Kiss

    ★★★★

    Kinda feel dumb for believing for a couple of minutes that Kelly was actually a traveling champagne saleswoman.