Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Thief of Bagdad(Raoul Walsh) 1924 **** 5/27/2016

Douglas Fairbanks is lithe and acrobatic as a roguish thief in an Oriental fantasy of the Arabian Nights.  There is a princess, and he falls in love and must prove himself beyond his birth to win her though she loves … Continue reading

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Red River(Howard Hawks) 1948 **** 5/26/2016

The opening titles of this picture sets a craggy tone, with the credits over a craggy drawn landscape resting on top of buttes bursting from the ground below.  Dunson(John Wayne) plays the familiar character, hewn from the country and with … Continue reading

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Bottle Rocket(Wes Anderson) 1995 **** 5/25/2016

Luke Wilson’s charming, laid-back performance as Anthony provides the fuzzy centerpiece to this laconic, comfortable movie about three friends loosely trying to be a criminal gang, like in old pictures and completely romantic, like kids playing a game.  Dignan(Owen Wilson, … Continue reading

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Fargo(Joel Coen) 1995 **** 5/24/2016

Jerry Lundegaard(William H. Macy) is a car salesman who needs money.  He sets up a plot to kidnap his wife(Kristin Rudrod) with the help of two criminals Gaer & Carl(Peter Stormare & Steve Buscemi).  The aim is to extort Jerry’s … Continue reading

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Mr.Smith Goes to Washington(Frank Capra) 1939 **** 5/23/2016

The corruption and venality presented in this movie is so overwhelmingly sickening your stomach turns and your body cries out against it.  You don’t want the earnest beanpole Jefferson Smith(Jimmy Stewart) to get hurt and you want to chew him … Continue reading

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Shredderman Rules!(Savage Steve Holland) 2007 * 5/23/2016

This movie is best watched for nostalgia value.  All the elements I remember enjoying a lot, the romance-girl, the fighting-off-a-bully triumph, and the shtick are still there, only now those elements are largely hollow and insipid and atrociously acted.  There’s … Continue reading

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Kill the Messenger(Michael Cuesta) 2014 *** 5/22/2016

Jeremy Renner plays Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who cracked the CIA crack for contras story wide open.  The exuberant first half, when the investigative legwork is done, shows Renner as a character cockier and more fiery … Continue reading

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