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Favorite films

  • North by Northwest
  • Vertigo
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Ladykillers

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  • Fair Wind to Java

    ★★★½

  • Zoo in Budapest

    ★★★★

  • Play It Again, Sam

    ★★★½

  • Charlie Chan's Secret

    ★★

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  • Fair Wind to Java

    Fair Wind to Java

    ★★★½

    Fair Wind to Java is a rollicking seafaring adventure. It’s the kind of film you have to describe as rollicking, or you have to turn in your cinephile credentials.

    “That volcano looks dangerous, sir.”

    Set in the South Pacific in 1883, the film finds Captain Boll (Fred MacMurray) leading his ship in search of some elusive diamonds. Villains played by Robert Douglas and John Russell stand in his way. Contemplating/helping matters is Kim Kim (Vera Ralston), a Balinese dancer Boll…

  • Zoo in Budapest

    Zoo in Budapest

    ★★★★

    “I wanted to ride the elephant.”

    Zoo in Budapest is worth seeing, though doing so is somewhat difficult, primarily for Lee Garmes’ luminous cinematography. In the same year Garmes won his only Oscar for Shanghai Express, he does even better in this highly unusual romantic drama. Garmes and director Rowland V. Lee, who also cowrote the film, make the Budapest zoo an enchanted fairyland, with a different lighting approach to each section of the zoo, including moody images for the…

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  • Black Tight Killers

    Black Tight Killers

    ★★★½

    “That’s the ninja chewing gum bullet.”

    I swear Black Tight Killers has a plot, but it doesn’t matter. Like many Japanese crime films of its period, the visuals overwhelm the story. It’s a Pop Art Bond homage, with a little bondage.

    “Who’d commit murder on a date?”

    Daisuke Hondo (Akira Kobayashi) is a photographer returning to Tokyo after covering the war in Vietnam when he meets airline stewardess Yoriko Sawanouchi (Chieko Matsubara). It turns out that Yoriko’s father recovered 100…

  • Silent Running

    Silent Running

    ★★★½

    “You can’t blow up this forest.”

    The special effects in Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running can’t compare with what can be done today, but the relatively antiquated nature of what he achieves is part of the film’s charm and its innocence, adding to the sincerity of its environmental message. There are aspects of the film one could quibble about. Since the project overseen by Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is obviously expensive, it seems a bit odd that his employers would suddenly…