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  • Buck Privates

    Buck Privates

    From the year that brought us Citizen Kane and How Green Was My Valley comes a film that (from all I can tell) grossed more money than both of those masterpieces combined: the gloriously-titled, barely feature-length, we're-not-sure-if-this-is-a-musical-or-not, vaudevillian goof-off film supposedly used as anti-American propaganda by the Japanese during WWII that in turn launched over a decade worth of formulaic but wildly popular Abbot & Costello buddy comedies, the inimitable Buck Privates.

    (It's quite funny.)

  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    I can see why this one isn't remembered better: for how Ocean's Eleven it is, it's also really unassuming and unpretentious. Skip the Elvis remix and the Soderbergh flourishes and cut the A-list all-star hotness in half, and you have Sneakers. (I suddenly realize that Redford as Pitt, Poitier as Clooney, and Phoenix as Damon, like, *really* works.) For how dated it may seem, tech-wise, the villain's monologue-diatribe at the end pretty much nails exactly where we're still at right…

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  • Gone in Sixty Seconds

    Gone in Sixty Seconds

    After Nic Cage goes all Zen-Buddhist listening to "Low Rider," then opens his eyes and says, "Let's ride," I told my wife to bury me with the blu-ray of this movie.

  • One Hundred and One Nights

    One Hundred and One Nights

    ★★★★★

    Are you familiar or in love with the following:

    Fellini/Mastroianni collaborations
    Mastroianni's repartee with Anouk Aimée
    Jean-Paul Belmondo
    Catherine Deneuve
    Robert De Niro (w/ ponytail)
    Alain Delon
    the Lumière brothers
    the Cannes Film Festival
    Luis Buñuel
    Gerard Depardieu's death scenes
    Welles & Touch of Evil
    Jeanne Moreau
    Jean Renoir
    Erich von Stroheim (in The Grand Illusion & Sunset Boulevard)
    Agnès Varda (esp. Cleo, Le Bonheur, & Vagabond)
    Jacques Demy (esp. Young Girls)
    Nosferatu
    and/or cinema?

    Then this is for you. Viewing this was…