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  • Journey into Fear

    Journey into Fear

    ★★★

    The best part of this movie is the building ledge in the rain scene. The cinematography in this scene is pretty good. Everything else leading up this final scene is perhaps pretty average and a bit of a stretch. The main character Howard (Joseph Cotton) is talked into doing things he doesn’t want to do, by people he barely knows, such as going to a nightclub and then boarding a ship, all in a foreign land. Wimpy Howard the Coward needs some backbone man! The premise of the plot is a thin, much like Howard’s lack of assertiveness in social situations that he finds himself in.

  • The Thing from Another World

    The Thing from Another World

    ★★★

    The Thing from Another World is a fairly entertaining b-movie. The story takes place north of the arctic circle in a little outpost of some sort. It’s pretty cold there and it’s snows styrofoam most of the time. There is this... what shall I call it... a huh... I guess this thing from huh... from maybe some other planet that may be a problem. The cast never do take the situation seriously, as they crack continuous jokes one after another…

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  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    ★★★★

    Hey, I am pleasantly surprised with how good this film is. There is a lot going for this version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1931. The wonderful direction from Rouben Mamoulian gives us great camera work, starting off with a clever POV tracking shot of several minutes at the beginning of the film. There are additional tracking shots of note throughout the film and inventive camera play between objects and people. So who is this director, Rouben Mamoulian?…

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    ★★★

    After watching Citizen Kane, I thought I would watch The Magnificent Ambersons, said to be Orson Welles other masterpiece that was reduced in quality by the studio, but still a very very good film. In fact one critic said Welles did such a exceptional job that the studio couldn’t ruin it! Well, my expectations was therefore set fairly high for this film. So there is really no surprise of my overall disappointment.

    The Magnificent Ambersons does carry over some great cinematography…