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  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★★

    I haven’t seen much when it comes to Noir but I can’t imagine it gets much better than this.  Wicked dialogue and wild plot beats make the runtime fly by. Almost too quickly even.  I’d love to stew a little longer in the smoke at The Retreat, in the tense air around Glenn Fords fury, and in the smell of Gloria Grahame’s perfume or coffee-stained dress in a penthouse suite.

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    I Know Where I'm Going!

    ★★★★

    This was my first selection from the newly launched Criterion Channel and it sure was a winner!  Yes it’s a romantic comedy and may be predictable in its schema, but the Powell/Pressburger charm is in full effect here.  The film exudes pride and respect for the peoples of the Scottish countryside with its gorgeous photography, breezy plot line, and likeable supporting cast.  There’s also a nice touch featuring a cursed, abandoned castle which seems to mesh nicely with the rural…

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  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    Last Hurrah for Chivalry

    ★★

    About 10% of this foolishness clicked for me.  For most of the runtime I fantasized about my boy, Cliff Booth, making an appearance and serving up an ass whoopin’ of his own.

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★★½

    This is the edgier, more handsome cousin of that terrible Goosebumps movie from a few years back.  Easy to throw on during Halloween season with the likes of Trick R Treat or The Witches.

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    A gift to homosapiens.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Second viewing. This time with family, and witnessing them laugh, comment and squirm and wrongfully hy-plot-thesize was such a joy. I was also able to pull even more out of this rollercoaster and see how cohesive it all is under the chaos. The only thing that bothers me is it’s too good, and will inevitably be remade into an english language version.