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  • The Big Red One

    The Big Red One

    ★★★★

    Note: I watched the "Reconstruction version."

    Only the 2nd Samuel Fuller film I've seen (the other being Pickup on South Street), and The Big Red One hit me much stronger than the first did. One of the better war movies from the "platoon" perspective, the gold standard being to me Battleground. Some of the cast works better than others, and Lee Marvin is a great anchor. I can see Spielberg being influenced by this (along with Battleground) for Saving Private Ryan. Some very interesting scenes and moments.

  • The Far Country

    The Far Country

    ★★★½

    An interesting, better than average western, even among Stewart and Mann's. Engaging story and script, good actors and characters, and a good buildup of tensions that only gets busted up by a short and too fast ending.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…