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  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

    A melodrama dressed up as a Noir but it works beautifully. The movie was based on a novel by James M. Cain.

    Joan Crawford is great as Mildred Pierce was considered to be her comeback vehicle for WB after having been let go by MGM two years prior. She wanted this role so badly that she even screen…

  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★★

    In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting. (IMDb)

    I love this concept of the afterlife by Albert Brooks. My very first Albert Brooks film and I find his version of a neurotic character more sympathetic compared to Woody Allen’s characterizations. 

    Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep are wonderful in this film. They have a great chemistry together and it might be Meryl Streep at her most adorable…

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    ★★★

    A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land. (IMDb)

    A film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, produced by Albert R. Broccoli and it has nothing to do with James Bond or spies. Instead, we get a musical, children’s movie that was co-written by Roald Dahl. 

    Dick Van Dyke stars as Caractacus Potts…

  • Angel Face

    Angel Face

    ★★★★

    Noirvember Selection 

    Ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons). (IMDb)

    This is quite a solid Noir with great performances by Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Plot wise is very simplistic but the way the story unfolds and the performances makes it memorable. It’s an interesting twist having Mitchum as Frank Jessup, not be a clueless fall guy. In typical Noir tropes, it doesn’t help him very much. …

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  • Crippled Avengers

    Crippled Avengers

    ★★★★

    A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son's hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities…

  • Blondie Johnson

    Blondie Johnson

    ★★★½

    “I know all the answers - and I know what it's all about. I found out the only thing worthwhile is dough! And I'm gonna get it, see!” (Blondie Johnson)

    Through a series of unfortunate events, Blondie Johnson played by Joan Blondell, becomes the boss of a racket organization. 

    WB makes great use of the pre-code era to do a gangster story with a gender switch and Joan Blondell is up to task to take the lead. It’s too bad…