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  • The Searchers
  • Ride the High Country
  • Farewell, My Lovely
  • The Tall T

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  • The Balcony

    ★★★★

  • Pressure Point

    ★★★★

  • The Iceman Cometh

    ★★★★★

  • A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio

    ★★★

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  • The Winslow Boy

    The Winslow Boy

    ★★½

    Seeing this almost back to back with the 1948 version left me astonished at how flat David Mamet was able to make this story. It is a story about repressed passion, but Mamet manages to delete rather than dilute the passion. He’s left us with a fascinating situation which never catches fire. Jeremy Northam is quite good in the old Robert Donat part. But Nigel Hawthorne comes off as mildly displeased as the father who risks everything to prove his…

  • The Long Voyage Home

    The Long Voyage Home

    ★★★★★

    The Long Voyage Home (1940) One of the most beautiful jobs of black-and-white cinematography ever achieved, in service of a magnificently poetic rendering by a great director of a work by a playwright of profound genius. Eugene O’Neill loved this film more than any other adaptation of his work, and it’s no wonder. O’Neill’s love and respect for his poetic vision of the sea, so evocatively captured in a monologue by Edmund in Long Day’s Journey into Night, finds its…

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  • Olympus Force: The Key

    Olympus Force: The Key

    Almost utterly incomprehensible comedy about Greek gods coming back to life and getting involved in human spy adventures. Richard Todd and Christopher Lee do their professional best in very small roles, but almost everyone else overacts as if there were an Italian villa as first prize. One of the three or four most atrocious films I've ever seen.

  • Beau Sabreur

    Beau Sabreur

    Only a brief fragment of this film still exists.