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  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★★★

    “She was scared. Scared as a turkey in November.” – Tony Hunter

    “Singin’ in the Rain” is supposed to be my all-time favorite musical, and everybody else I know says it too, but after awhile I knew it by heart so well I was happy to stumble upon a new favorite. The Band Wagon a dozen viewings later is something of a miracle to me in which I never cease to find something else to delight in. Fred Astaire starred…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    One of the thirty greatest films ever made, and I have no bones in making that kind of tall declaration. You can say you had a good time with “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady” and “Chicago” without feeling you ever had to see them a second time. La La Land is the greatest commercial musical of the last 63 years (since 1953’s “The Band Wagon”), made with dazzling numbers, verbal wit that’s terse and not overwritten, charisma by jazz…

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  • Walkabout

    Walkabout

    ★★★★★

    In Australia when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the Walkabout. This is the story of a Walkabout.” – Prologue

    The greatest film ever made. Walkabout features two city children lost in the Outback, luckily saved by an Aborigine boy who is on his yearlong…

  • Little Big Man

    Little Big Man

    ★★★★★

    The Human Beings, my son, they believe everything is alive. Not only man and animals. But also water, earth, stone.” – Old Lodge Skins

    Arthur Penn’s western masterpiece that would never get made today, which makes it all the more unique and idiosyncratic. Little Big Man is about 121-year old Jack Crabb, a white man who goes back and forth living between white culture and the Cheyenne Indians throughout the course of his life. Dustin Hoffman does a peerless and…

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Quentin Tarantino’s skill is too pruned and too precise to not make an interesting picture, a compulsively entertaining one and the freedom to make an eccentric one. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a supremely textured throwback that resurrects the drive-ins, the muscle cars, the nighttime hot spots, the Dirty Mary’s with extra long celery sticks, the suede threads, the pom-poms and the Playboy Mansion as go-go dance rave of its’ 1969 day. Margot Robbie has undergone the subject…

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★★

    “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

    Network remains to this day the best movie ever made about the corruption and disintegration of broadcast news journalism.

    The movie is remembered for being a work by writer Paddy Chayefsky – and because it is indeed one of the best screenplays ever written, how could he not be remembered? Sidney Lumet was instrumental as the director, for keeping his camera pulled back and objective on its…