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The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

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The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966) aka Il buono il brutto il cattivo (1966) The best of director Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns (although Once Upon a Time in the West (1969) is a close second) and easily one of the top 10 of the genre it features Clint Eastwood Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach (respectively) in the title roles. The story by Leone and Luciano Vincenzoni (both also adapted it with Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli) isn’t [...]

Trial (1955)

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Trial (1955) Directed by Mark Robson (Peyton Place (1957)) and written by Don Mankiewicz (I Want to Live! (1958)) this film earned Arthur Kennedy his third of five Oscar nominations (without a win this one for Supporting Actor) for his role as a communist lawyer. The story is about a law professor (Glenn Ford) who must get some trial experience during the summer if he wants to keep his job at the university which has added this new practical [...]

Macario (1960)

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Macario (1960) Directed by Roberto Gavaldón who also co-wrote the screenplay this foreign fantasy drama tells the story of a poor Mexican woodcutter who is unable to provide enough food to feed his family such that they are slowly starving to death. His wife and mother to his many children washes clothes in a futile effort to help make ends meet. When her self sacrificing husband says that he will no longer eat until he can afford an entire [...]

Cimarron (1931)

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Cimarron (1931) I have to say that this Academy Award Best Picture winner dates badly especially the acting. I know that The Front Page (1931) was also nominated for Best Picture that year a film I thought was far superior to this one. It is however clearly better than another of the nominees I’ve seen Trader Horn (1931) although that one did provide quite an educational adventure (into Africa) for the time. This film has several old [...]

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

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Beyond Tomorrow (1940) Also known as Beyond Christmas (1940) Directed by A. Edward Sutherland with a story by Mildred Cram (Love Affair (1939)) and associate producer Adele Comandini (Three Smart Girls (1936)) who also wrote the screenplay this sentimental Christmastime fantasy boasts a pretty cast that includes: Harry Carey C. Aubrey Smith Charles Winninger Maria Ouspenskaya Helen Vinson Richard Carlson and Jean Parker (among others). Carey [...]

Vogues of 1938 (1937) – full review!

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Vogues of 1938 (1937) – full review! Directed by Irving Cummings (In Old Arizona (1928)) and written by married couple Bella & Sam Spewack (My Favorite Wife (1940)) I found this early Technicolor Musical to be better than I thought it would be not great but entertaining. It’s also a mild comedy with a romance subplot featuring Warner Baxter (who’d won a Best Actor Oscar for In Old Arizona (1928)) Joan Bennett and Helen [...]

The Sidney Poitier Collection

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The Sidney Poitier Collection Edge of the City (1957) A Patch of Blue (1965) – full review! Something of Value (1957) – throughout most of Sidney Poitier’s career as an actor that primarily appeared in race relations dramas he played African-Americans whereas in this one he actually plays an African a Kenyan in fact named Kimani Wa Karanja. As children Peter (Rock Hudson) and Kimani grow up doing everything together. But as adults [...]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Jack Nicholson won his first Oscar on his fifth nomination. Best selling author Ken Kesey said he would never watch the movie version of his story about life in a mental hospital and even sued the movie’s producers because it wasn’t shown from Chief Bromden’s perspective like the novel. The second picture ever to win the top five awards (see It Happened One Night (1934)). Added to [...]

Sister Kenny (1946) – full review!

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Sister Kenny (1946) – full review! Produced directed and co-written by the Academy Award winning screenwriter Dudley Nichols (The Informer (1935)) who adapted Elizabeth Kenny’s autobiographical novel And They Shall Walk (co-written with Martha Ostenso) along with actor Alexander Knox (Wilson (1944)) and Mary McCarthy this above average biographical drama about the Australian nurse who helped discover the treatment for infantile [...]

Sunrise (1927) – full length review!

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Sunrise (1927) – full length review! Directed by F. W. Murnau this silent classic is a visual marvel even the dialogue pages are artistically done! It’s the story of a farmer (George O’Brien) who’s tempted by a city woman (Margaret Livingston) who meets him on her vacation and has an affair with him to attempt to murder his sweet wife (Janet Gaynor) with whom he has a young child. The film won an Academy Award for Best [...]
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