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  • The Awful Truth

    The Awful Truth

    ★★★★

    Cary Grant > James Stewart > Humphrey Bogart.

    I will not be taking any questions at this time. Thank you.

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  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    ★★★½

    Cute! Jimmy Stewart's innocence here is so perfect.
    But also if this came out today I don't think that innocent tone plays as well for many reasons (including not thinking an actor could pull off what Stewart and Jean Arthur did here), so my pitch would be an absurdist comedy-parody and spin-off movie to Parks and Rec where Ron Swanson, leader of the Pawnee Rangers, is plucked from his home into the United States senate. It follows him until his firing one week later when the senators realize he's been voting down every bill for his own amusement.

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★★½

    Let's talk about that opening sequence.

    Prologue:

    The Hole in the Wall Gang, led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, are all dead now . . .
    . . . but once they ruled the West!

    From just two title cards and a few seconds, you already know this doesn't end well for the titular protagonists. Both are clearly kings of a bygone era; Butch examines the new and extreme security measures put in place at the bank his…

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