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  • Becoming Cary Grant

    Becoming Cary Grant

    ★★★★★

    Becoming Cary Grant. 2017. Directed by Mark Kidel.

    This is the greatest documentary on Cary Grant I have seen. It showcases his odyssey from England misfit/acrobat to the New York Hippodrome. Also, it disclosed how his father had Cary’s biological mother institutionalized when Grant was a teenager. I will not give all the details to this story as one needs to watch the documentary. On a brighter side, it showcases Cary Grant’s obsession with finding the meaning of life and…

  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★

    Videodrome. 1983. Directed David Cronenberg.

    Debbie Harry (Nicki Brand) and James Woods (Max Renn) make a great team in Cronenberg’s cautionary tale of sex, violence, commercialism, hedonism, and over-reliance on technology. Cronenberg's sense of poetic warning seems to be a bit late. Since 1983, we have become more interconnected and life is more complicated. However, technology has improved our ability to see loved one’s from a distance, develop vaccines, educate our children, and make our automobiles safer. The key to this cautionary tale is moderation.

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  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    Sunset Boulevard. 1950. Directed by Billy Wilder. 

    Starring: William Holden (Joe Gillis), Gloria Swanson (Norma Desmond), Erich von Stroheim (Max Von Mayerling), Cecil B. De Mille (Cecil B. Demile), Hedda Hopper (Hedda Hopper),& Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton).

    You need to see it to believe it, A True Hollywood Horror Story.

    Cinema, in most cases, is a delicate art form because it has a great potential of becoming ‘dated’ one day. This is not the case with Sunset Blvd. It is…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    Beauty and the Beast. La belle et la bête. 1946. Directed by Jean Cocteau and Rene Clement
    Originally Written by Madame Leprince De Beaumaont.

    Cast:
    Jean Marais (The Beast/The Prince/Avenant),
    Josette Day (Belle)
    Mila Parely (Felicie)
    Nane  Germon (Adelaide)
    Michael Auclair (Ludovic)
    Raoul Marco (The Usurer)
    Marcel Andre (Belle’s Father)

    Jean Cocteau's 1946 film version is visually lustrous and richly marked by stunning costumes, elaborate set design, and imaginative use of practical effects. Cocteau was progressive, ahead of his time…