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I always appreciate art, but I probably prefer pulp.

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  • Indiscreet

    Indiscreet

    ★★★½

    Well this is just a good bit of fun, isn’t it? You’ve got Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in front of the camera, Stanley Donen behind it. None of them are really operating in peak form, but they all make what they do look so effortless. Mostly it’s an excuse for two aging but still improbably attractive stars to flirt and toy with one another, and gaze longingly at each other over dinner tables. And for a master filmmaker to…

  • Red River

    Red River

    ★★★★½

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

    Of all the forced happy endings found in all the Hollywood classics I’ve ever seen, this one annoys me the most. There’s just been too much pain leading up to it. Too much resentment boiling for far too long. When two men are so far down the path of hate somebody has to die. I don’t buy for one second that a stern talking-to by a plucky young lass is gonna do much to prevent the inevitable bloodshed. 

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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    On this day, in this year, at this unprecedented moment in history when we all seemingly have so little to be thankful for, I look to the past and I give thanks.

    I give thanks for Jimmy Stewart in a wheelchair; the only invention that could make audiences accept him as a peeping tom. 

    I give thanks for Grace Kelly; she gave great closeup. 

    I give thanks for Thelma Ritter; she might not have invented sarcasm, but she damn sure…

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    Screened in memory of Ennio Morricone. I dare say this isn’t one of the titles that springs immediately to mind when listing the late maestro’s greatest scores, but it does highlight that he was capable of great versatility. Here he creates a John Carpenter score for a John Carpenter movie. It is “music that disappears” as the director likes to put it; it becomes a part of the environment. I doubt it would play well on its own away from…