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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 12 Angry Men
  • La La Land
  • Brief Encounter

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  • The Big Clock

    ★★★★½

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    ★★★★★

  • Laura

    ★★★★★

  • Johnny Angel

    ★★★½

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  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    "Will you take your hands off me? What are you playing, Osteopath?"

    "Well nevermind the European war, we've got something a whole lot bigger than that!"

    So many great lines in this one. Way too many to take note of. They are usually flying 100 miles per hour, and frequently the subtitles were multiple lines behind. In fact, there is maybe only one scene where nobody is talking for more than a few seconds. But that frantic pace is what…

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★★

    The Trouble with Hitchcock (2019 Marathon) #39/52

    "No thanks, I don't want any part of her."

    Most people don't start out talking about Thelma Ritter when they talk about this movie, but I'd like to do just that. Ritter is a vastly underrated actress, and she delivers a great performance here. Admittedly I have only seen her in five movies, but she was always excellent (The Mating Season is probably my favorite role of hers). Grace Kelly also delivers (as…

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  • The Big Clock

    The Big Clock

    ★★★★½

    Noirvember 2022 #27/50

    Aside from the handful of rewatches that I was hoping to bump up to a 5/5 during this current Noirvember, this is going to be a tough one to beat for the best movie I watch during the marathon. In fact, it's currently sitting as the second best movie I've seen this year that was new to me, and it even managed to crack my top 20 for the entire decade of the 1940's. It's a prime…

  • Laura

    Laura

    ★★★★★

    Noirvember 2022 #25/50

    "When I was working on the score, I kept looking at her all the time. I'd run sequences, and there's this fabulous creature. You come across something marvelous, and it inspires you." - David Raksin, on Gene Tierney, his inspiration for his score for the film

    I only included a handful of rewatches for my Noirvember marathon this month, and all five of them were fairly big, well-respected ones that are considered classics within the genre. I…

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  • Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion

    ★★★★½

    Well I thought I had seen everything a samurai movie could throw at me, but I just watched Toshirō Mifune (Isaburo Sasahara) feed his infant granddaughter her first taste of rice as Tatsuya Nakadai (Tatewaki Asano) gently held her. Why did they do this, you ask? So she wouldn't fuss when they laid her down on the ground and then fought to the death. That was definitely one of the strangest things I have seen in a samurai film, but…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 8.0 (2021 Horror Marathon) #3/50

    "Kevin, they're the ugliest thoughts in the world."

    This movie isn't explicitly about a relationship between a father and a son, but there is one scene in particular that really struck me hard. FBI Agent Will Graham (William Petersen) is standing in a grocery store talking to his son, who is confused about why his father had to spend time in a psychiatric ward after his encounter with notorious serial killer Hannibal Lecktor (Brian…