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  • The Life of Emile Zola

    The Life of Emile Zola

    ★★★★

    THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA is one of those “Time in a Bottle” movies.  So meaningful at the time of its release, its importance and message drift as it is viewed in later eras.  Yet, it does have a major relevance today in the anti-racism movements.
       
    When the film was released, the world was speculating about the troubling news occurring in Germany as the Weimar Republic had fallen to the Nazi Party less than five years before, and…

  • La Grande Bouffe

    La Grande Bouffe

    ★★½

    LA GRANDE BOUFFE is one of those films I’d heard about for years, but never took the opportunity to see.  I was aware that it carried a rather unsavory reputation (which admittedly intrigued me), but it wasn’t one that I wanted to see alone ... and I could never find anyone else who wanted to see it with me.
       
    Well, I’ve seen it.
       
    The combination of “exotic” food, sex and death has been a theme in…

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★½

    I was quite surprised to see in the end credits that THE DEPARTED is based on another movie, INFERNAL AFFAIRS.  Director Martin Scorsese doesn’t strike me as a filmmaker who would be interested in doing remakes.  
      
    The plot of THE DEPARTED does require some concentration from the Viewer.  That is not because the filmmaking is confusing or the pacing uninteresting.  I wanted to know what was going to happen throughout.  However, the show has a very large cast,…

  • Saturn 3

    Saturn 3

    ★★½

    I think this may be my fourth viewing of SATURN 3 through the years.  Why?  I don’t have a good answer.  Part of it is that I’ve forgotten how silly I think it is after each viewing.  The other is undoubtedly that I do remember Farrah Fawcett cavorting around in various states of undress.  Now that I think about it, I wonder if the latter was the reason for Kirk Douglas agreeing to be in the picture?
       
    As…