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  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    ★★★½

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is only the second-best Tennessee Williams playscript, by my estimation, but a ravishingly cruel play on expectation, heavy on the thematic elements and tenderly deep in its examination of Big Daddy (Burl Ives) and his extended family. The extensive, steady, and revealing look at a plantation family, wealthy beyond their years, now lying in wait for the next generation to supplant them as head of the household. One name, in particular, is why the…

  • All That Money Can Buy

    All That Money Can Buy

    ★★★★½

    The Devil and Daniel Webster is a haunting picture that asks the ultimate question of greed to a fellow human being. It puts the audience and the characters in an impossible situation, choosing between a life of hard work and humility or short-term success. The price for this success? The man's soul, not only in a literal sense but figuratively too, as Jabez Stone (James Craig) sells out his wife, farm, children, and friends and then gawks at them from…

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  • Caught

    Caught

    ★★★½

    1. Robert Ryan is so menacing and authoritarian in his web of lies and deception of Leonara (Barbara Bel Geddes). His maddening sensibilities and distrust is played on his face, and Ryan's never been good at concealing his characters emotional state. It makes the intensity of his character feel warranted but frightening. The danger is palpable, and I love how other characters react to his forthcoming nature.

    2. James Mason, as the doctor, is the star of the show, without…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★½

    Mank is impeccably made - a towering achievement for David Fincher, as a film that succeeded on every conceivable creative level, expanding on the Kane legend and not misrepresenting the people the original Herman Mankiewicz Citizen Kane script portrayed. Bombastic, overtly provocative, dripping in narcissism writing that would've made Herman Mankiewicz proud. A gorgeously shot homage to the masterpiece Citizen Kane, the old studio system, and the levity of the situation with the Hearst family's friendly relationship with Mankiewicz and…