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  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Repo Man
  • The Third Man

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  • Wheels on Meals

    ★★★½

  • Blue Planet II

    ★★★★★

  • Psycho II

    ★★★

  • Out of Sight

    ★★★★½

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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★★½

    I wouldn't argue that social media hasn't had its share of harmful effects on children, political discourse, and the social behaviors of people around the world, but I would argue that any assumption that our problems began with social media are simple minded and patently false. When it comes to the point mentioned early on' "If you aren't the customer, you are the product," well, yes. I try to avoid too much clicking on things that I otherwise have no…

  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    ★★★★★

    The day certainly doesn't start out very special, as Antoinetta (Loren) seems to be methodically engaged in a same old, same old routine of thankless service to a family that barely registers that she's even there. But today is a special day because Adolph Hitler is coming to town to celebrate Italy and Germany's shared fascist Utopian dream. She won't be going to the massive jerk fest because six kids and an inattentive husband leave her to clean up the…

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  • Wheels on Meals

    Wheels on Meals

    ★★★½

    As much a comedy as a martial arts extravaganza, and in fact, more comedy. The comedy is OK, at times it lands, and then it bellyflops, but the real workouts don't come until the final quarter of the movie. What it does have are some lovely locations in Barcelona, some enjoyable repartee between Chan and Biao, some good slapstick, and a fun car chase. It's not one of the best Chan films, but it's always nice to see Sammy Hung, and even the least of these films brings a smile.

  • Blue Planet II

    Blue Planet II

    ★★★★★

    I've watched all of this before, but I had to go back and be re-hypnotized by the section on The Deep. If you ever want to feel insignificant, this will do it. Not in a bad way either.

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  • On the Waterfront

    On the Waterfront

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what else can be said about this, aside from it being one of the most incredible examples of cinematic art ever filmed. Part Italian Neo-realism, part Hollywood drama, great New York location shooting, fabulous script, absolutely jaw dropping acting, and an amazing score. I think it's safe to say that this is like the Continental Divide of American films. There's American films before On The Waterfront and American films after On The Waterfront. Everything and everyone in…

  • Show Boat

    Show Boat

    ★★★★★

    Watching the excellent Criterion Blu-ray presentation of James Whale's groundbreaking filming of Edna Ferber's equally groundbreaking novel turned musical, Show Boat, it made me ponder how ripe this is for a new production that could address the issues that Whale was unable to. This musical, and this production were pioneering in their time; the first musical to truly integrate a story, with songs that furthered character development, as well as the first with a story that tackled issues beyond “the…