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  • Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

    ★★★½

    This Fritz Lang film reminded me some of Hitchcock, then on the analysis bit on the Criterion disc they guy spent considerable time comparing Lang to Hitch. So, I must have been on the right track there.

    Ray Milland gets out of an asylum, and just wants to go to London, even though it's being bombed. While waiting for the train he attends a carnival type event sponsored by the "Mothers of Free Nations." He ends up winning a cake…

  • The Burglar

    The Burglar

    ★★★½

    A nice little noir written by David Goodis (Dark Passage. Shoot the Piano Player). A thief (Dan Duryea) and his crew (including Jayne Mansfield) steal a necklace in Philadelphia. Duryea wants them all to stay holed up for a while till it cools off. Problem is, the others don't think so and with Jayne Mansfield cooped up with them, things heat up. Duryea sends her off to Atlantic City, but there are some others, besides the cops, looking for them…

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  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★½

    Hot dog, what an awesome movie! This is maybe my sixth time watching. The first time I watched Key Largo I thought it was OK, but not great. Not sure what headspace I was in then, because the acting in this is top notch. The underrated Claire Trevor is a standout (she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work here), but everyone, Bogart, Robinson, Barrymore, and Thomas Gomez are all in top form. Probably the best that Bacall has ever been. Huston has some nicely framed shots and sets things up well. Highly recommended and if you don't love it, watch it again.

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie I've watched for 30 years, every year, multiple times some years, how can a movie like that still cause me to tear up at the end? I know what happens, I've seen it before. That, my friends, is quality film making.