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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • The Godfather
  • History of the World: Part I

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  • Bell, Book and Candle

    ★★½

  • The Ice Follies of 1939

    ★½

  • The FBI Story

    ★★★

  • The Mortal Storm

    ★★★½

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  • Bell, Book and Candle

    Bell, Book and Candle

    ★★½

    If you want a Novak and Stewart film from 1958, watch Vertigo instead.

  • The Ice Follies of 1939

    The Ice Follies of 1939

    ★½

    The Ice Follies of 1939, starting two leads who weren’t known for ice skating. What’s next, a picture about competitive swimming starring people who drowned? It’s a lean 80 minutes with about 15 in the middle devoted to the International Ice Follies, and a final long ‘movie’ segment wherein Joan Crawford FINALLY… appears on ice. That’s it. That’s the finale. A happy ending and Jimmy Stewart never once appears on ice. What a bore.

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  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    ★★

    Well, nobody is likable in this farce. Not sexist, egotistic, classist Professor Higgins, and he is classist if he insists that one's voice determines one's prospects.

    Not Colonel Pickering for accepting the wager, making him complicit in this shit sandwich.

    Not Eliza Doolittle for being party to this experiment and complaining in her awful Cockney every step of the way.

    Not her father Alfred, who is more interested in making five quid than being a good parent.

    It's hard to…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    January 6, 2021: violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building

    January 9, 2021: I watch The Birth of a Nation

    Also January 9, 2021: Yeah, everything makes sense now.

    I know D.W. Griffith's epic retelling of the Civil War and Reconstruction is groundbreaking trash, but watching it immediately after what happened in Washington, D.C. gives you a startling perspective on the level of white victimhood that's been peddled ever since the ink was drying at the Appomattox Court House. (It's…