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  • The Seven Year Itch

    The Seven Year Itch

    ★★★½

    So... The Seven Year Itch... Does anyone actually think this stuff happened? Tom Ewell is a shlub with too vivid an imagination (same as his kid), a real Walter Mitty type, so no, I don't believe ANYTHING after he crosses paths with a beautiful girl in the stairwell happens as shown, or at all. The principal clues are: Marilyn Munroe's character never gets a name, Ewell talks to himself constantly as if we were hearing his inner voice, Marilyn Munroe…

  • Lucky Night

    Lucky Night

    ★★★

    Lucky Night is pointless fluff, but when it comes to Myrna Loy, I don't really care. She's a delight. Robert Taylor's easy charm makes his bohemian gambler is a good match to her heiress who wants to make it on her own. The first act does everything to signal a fun '30s comedy, with Loy acting as a surprise lucky charm to Taylor, and off they go, whisking each other off their feet with smart patter and crazy situations. After…

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★

    The original 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers may be the prototypical Red Scare sci-fi/horror film, but it's nowhere near and dear to me as the 1978 remake is. We could argue the latter was a more universal story of urban isolation, and that the kind of manufactured paranoia about Communism really doesn't touch us anymore. But it's more than that. The suit-ordered frame tale saps a lot of its power, kills the mystery and removes any kind…

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★

    John Denver's "Country Roads" has been used in many films - we remember the 2017 trifecta of Logan Lucky, Kingsman 2, and Alien: Covenant - but its best use by far is in Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart. The Japanese version stays with you (and "Concrete Roads" isn't bad either). This is a very down-to-earth anime from Ghibli, about a middle school romance between a bookish girl and the violin maker who seems to take out all the same…