Brendan Carr
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  • Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas

    ★★★★½

    I'm not really familiar with Elvis films. The only other one I saw was Change of Habit. But something within me thinks that, even sight unseen of the others, that this was his best film. Elvis is in good form here, both in singing and in charm factor, but what makes this film special is the one of a kind Ann-Margret.

    Ann-Margret was young when she appeared here, only 23, she had been in films for three years. At this…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★½

    I'm arriving here late. The Best Picture award was already won, the many controversies raged, the reception was split between those who loved it and those who despised it. In the case of the reactions, I can see both what people love about it and what people hate. Its a feel-good film, one that is definitely not a heavy film despite dealing with heavy themes. Mahershala Ali hits the right notes for his performance. The period look (if not always…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Assorted notes about A Star is Born.....

    1. Lady Gaga is quite good here, and is very touching really. It's a better performance than I was expecting, I must admit. So it does justice to the earlier versions there.

    2. I've seen a lot of movies with a lot of language, but the language level here is distracting on a film whose original was done in 1937. The 1976 version had language too, but not this much, and the material…

  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People

    ★★★★★

    I was never really much of a fan of Raging Bull.... That film, often praised as the best of the 80s, struck me as an essentially hollow albeit sufficiently flashy film. I don't even consider it to be one of the 20 best films of its own year.

    Ordinary People, the film that won Best Picture instead in 1980 faces a different problem. Because of its win, there has been much hate directed toward it and the film undergoes heavy…