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People go on IMDb to read about movies–it’s used by people who have a business interest, too–but it depends on popularity. & what’s more popular than feminism? So today they’re offering a list of the top 100 movies per women’s ratings, no doubt to insult the judgment of the fairer sex. To that end, I offer […]

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The Coen Bros. have a new movie, a comedy remarkably free of the sordid, & it’s trying to tell important truths about ’50s America, which is a meeting of past & future America, & has much to recommend it to both left & right. The movie makes fun of the nostalgia on both sides, but […]

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In his most recent Q&A podcast Jay Nordlinger says that a particular song in Romeo + Juliet is ‘the best use of music in a movie I know, I mean, any movie’. I disagree. It is the ‘The End’ by The Doors in the opening sequence of Apocalypse Now which takes that title for me. […]

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Akira Kurosawa is the most famous of the Japanese directors & one of the directors with an acknowledged, plausible claim to title, greatest director. This is a difficult thing to decide. We have to consider that & why he admired John Ford. If people who admire Kurosawa are right about him, that would suggest John Ford […]

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A while back, in a completely unrelated discussion, I brought up the possibility of a Seven Samurai weekend. I think there are some takers–there are certainly more than a few Kurosawa fans. How about this weekend? Let’s have a preliminary talk or more. How do you want to do this? QUESTION 1. Would you like to […]

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This is my second essay on Christians at war. Like The great raid, We were soldiers was made in 2002, but this was actually released that year, one expects because of the prestige of the cast. I don’t suppose anyone will argue this is independent of 9/11. I suppose you might call this movie prophetic. It shows […]

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This is the first of two essays of which I mean to deliver myself, concerning American Christians at war. I’m enough of a movie critic to raise an eyebrow when people start saying Christian things in stories. It’s pretty rare; it occurs usually in period pieces. I’ve a few things to say about this that you […]

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Didn’t expect to be in a crowded theatre replete with excited lightsaber clad kids and their bearded Dads, (who appeared even more giddy). But PrayforaReagan told me she wanted to see it. What else can I do but get some plush Imax seats and wormhole back to being a fresh British emigre watching my first movie […]

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The intern is an insane title, typical of our times. This movie should have been called The Magical Boomer. Then it would have been as sane as fantasy can be. Sometimes, I catch myself thinking at the movies, baby boomers sure want a legacy! This is not news, however. Do you remember that year of […]

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IMG_0713I haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet and probably won’t get a chance to until after Christmas. Despite the good reviews, I’m wary and more than a little tired of getting burned by J.J. Abrams and those in his orbit. On the other hand, I might be wrong and I certainly hope it’s good.

Here’s what I looking for:

Does It Entertain?

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Why is it so difficult for Americans to have dignity? What’s the trouble with women in the new generation? What’s the problem with work? What’s the problem with capitalism? All of these things come up in one haphazard way or the other in a new movie, one of few aimed at young women: The intern. […]

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The Best Movie for Today

 

Best_Years_of_Our_Lives_01_barThere’s no shortage of great war movies, but great films about veterans are a rarer breed. About three or four years ago, I was listening to the Ricochet podcast when Rob recommended The Best Years of Our Lives. I knew of it — “That’s the one with the guy who lost his hands, right?” — but had never seen it. I threw it on my Netflix queue and forgot about it for a few weeks before I decided to give it a whirl.

In short, the movie is a damn miracle; even more so, I’d say, than Casablanca. It went into production less than a year after VJ Day and follows three veterans as they attempt to return to — and, indeed, remake — their civilian lives. Each of their stories could suffice as a character study, but interweaving them as this film does gives one a sense of both how shared the existence of pain and trauma pain was, as well as how very much it varied in its particulars.

The acting and direction are first rate throughout. Dana Andrews, in particular, is excellent as a former bombardier who realizes that the war — for all its horror — may well be the high-point of his life, and sure beats working as a soda jerk and returning every night to a wife who’s clearly lost all interest in him. Myrna Loy’s performance is also remarkable and seems to, at least in a little way, to be a bit of a commentary on The Thin Man series’s attitude toward drink.

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I was showing the family an old comedy starring the inimitable Mr. Eddie Murphy. Then it was over; then came the news, where the local PM under indictment or in the environs thereof told some EU gathering about transparency in government. Then an advertisement on TV for a newspaper: Buy this rag / tabloid & you’ll […]

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Mr. LaRoche has recently publicized the suggestion that men do not prize intelligence in women, which is a way of saying, men do not like to be second-guessed. (He’s got this really good joke that cuts to the essence: I’m not a dog, I don’t need to be fixed.–They really are different in Texas…) Having […]

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Folks, let’s get back to the serious business of TV. I’m happy to see the recent discussions on upcoming attractions & recent disappointments & I feel sure there are related subjects to consider. Keep them coming! Today, I’d like to start a discussion about Justified. Marshal Raylan Givens is thrown out of Florida & back […]

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Yesterday’s old comedy was Roman holiday. I’ve planned old comedies, starting with The Lady Eve, for evening viewings this week, to amuse the young miss, who looks upon Audrey Hepburn with the excitement aroused by an especially lovely pet & the melancholy bestowed on old idols. &, too, she enjoyed looking for & telling me about places […]

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Who had lovelier wit than Preston Sturges? Not many people, at any rate. I’m watching The Lady Eve again, so here are some comments. Eve herself live-tweets the first scene of any comic interest, which she views in her make-up mirror, as though a movie. She has a rather contemptuous wit. She also says things […]

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I pick up with the conclusion of my previous piece: Vote for Sandler! Say it with me, folks. Who is the comedian who best shows you the outrageous & vulgar jokes of Aristophanes, who first discovered comedy & made good its attack on politics & science? Sandler! Who shows you the various social classes in […]

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