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  • Blonde Crazy

    Blonde Crazy

    ★★★★

    James Cagney is a conman who gets Joan Blondell to join him. She won't do anything romantic with him as he has no heart. He's too greedy though and gets taken. They then try the double cross on Louis Calhern. More stuff happens. Very entertaining pre-code. I love Joan Blondell (as does every classic movie fan) and she is just a joy to watch here. She really gets to show some range and acting skills. I'm so glad Criterion Channel has a collection of her films now. I sure hope I can get them all watched before they go away.

  • The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour

    ★★★½

    A devastating story of how gossip can ruin lives. We may be appalled at the way lesbianism is such a scandal, but people in academe are having their lives ruined by someone taking a word out of context, or simply using poor word choice. Oddly, it's mostly the left doing the ruining these days. And just like the French Revolution, people who begin as allies become enemies as some keep heading toward the extremes and punishing all who don't go…

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.

  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★½

    Hot dog, what an awesome movie! This is maybe my sixth time watching. The first time I watched Key Largo I thought it was OK, but not great. Not sure what headspace I was in then, because the acting in this is top notch. The underrated Claire Trevor is a standout (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here), but everyone, Bogart, Robinson, Barrymore, and Thomas Gomez are all in top form. Probably the best that Bacall has ever been. Huston has some nicely framed shots and sets things up well. Highly recommended and if you don't love it, watch it again.