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A Few Good Men (1992)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 20, 2017

Upon watching A Few Good Men for the first time, it was hard not to draw parallels with An Officer and a Gentlemen for some reason and it went beyond some cursory elements such as both films involving branches of the military. Perhaps more so than that is the intensity that manages to surge through read more

The Big Steal (1949)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 18, 2017

Granted you have star power but it’s easy to assume that The Big Steal will be a no name picture. A minor triumph at best. Not so! This film fares far better than countless of its bigger competitors. It proves to be a winking romp full of bedroom brawls, car chases, and twists and turns every read more

Reign of Terror/The Black Book (1949)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 17, 2017

Depending on where you look Anthony Mann’s 1949 film comes under two different titles that are both equally apt. Reign of Terror denotes its roots in the French Revolution of the 1790s that saw the ousting of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while putting Maximillien Robespierre at the hel read more

Hellzapoppin (1941)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 15, 2017

It essentially begins with a fourth wall break. That’s all you need to know. Because that gives you exactly an idea of what you’re in for with Hellzapoppin’ or rather it gives you no idea whatsoever what you’re in for but really they’re one in the same. I’ve seen read more

The Lineup (1958)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 14, 2017

In style if not entirely in execution The Lineup exhibits some similarities to Murder by Contract from the same year. Both films choose to take hit men as their main characters and it becomes a surprisingly intriguing way to look at a crime. Because the killers are a certain brand of sociopath who read more

Odd Man Out (1947)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2017

In my profession, there is neither good nor bad. There is innocence and guilt. That’s all. ~ Denis O’Dea as the Police Inspector What Carol Reed did so impeccably with The Third Man and here in Odd Man Out is developing a very specific atmosphere. He made the worlds of Vienna and in this read more

Grace Kelly & Audrey Hepburn

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 10, 2017

  Source: TIME   The caption from TIME Magazine read as follows: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly Backstage, 1956. The two most elegant stars of their era are photographed backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre, as they wait to present: Hepburn gave Best Picture to Marty, and Kelly awarded read more

Patterns (1956)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 9, 2017

Patterns has little right to be any good. It takes place almost exclusively in interiors. Boardrooms, offices, hallways, at desks, and in elevators. But thanks to a fantastic teleplay from Twilight Zone mastermind Rod Serling, this little picture exceeds the meager expectations placed on it. In fact read more

The Farmer’s Daughter (1947)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 6, 2017

Whatever our criticisms of the previous generations, there’s still something within me that sees something uniquely compelling about films of old. Hollywood in the 30s and 40s could sugar coat, they could oversell the drama, but there was also a general decency that pervaded many of those film read more

Show Boat (1936)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 4, 2017

Most of what I know about riverboats can be gleaned from Mark Twain, Davy Crockett and the River Pirates, and that ever beloved Snoopy incarnation The World Famous River Boat Gambler. The 1936 musical Show Boat falls into that very same rich tradition but some clarification is in order. In truth, th read more

The Third Man (1949): Out of the Rubble

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 2, 2017

Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? T read more

The Wolf Man (1941)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 31, 2017

Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night; May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright. Universal had an impressive catalogue of horror films during the 30s and 40s that integrated gothic and science fiction themes into stories such as Frankenstein, read more

Black Girl (1966)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 29, 2017

What’s fascinating about this film is how it manages to give voice to those who are normally silenced and even in her subservience this narrative powerfully lends agency to a young Senegalese woman’s perspective. Because even when she is silent and words are not coming out of her mouth read more

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 26, 2017

Prior to the making and release of Monsieur Verdoux Charlie Chaplin had undoubtedly hit the most turbulent patch in his historic career and not even he could come out of scandal and political upheaval unscathed. To put it lightly his stock in the United States plummeted. You would think that he more read more

Limelight (1952)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 23, 2017

The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth centers  A story of a ballerina and a clown…  In Limelight it quickly becomes evident that Charles Chaplin was well aware of his own legend and how couldn’t he be? For years he had been held in the highest regards, loved by the read more

That Man from Rio (1964)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 20, 2017

That Man from Rio is a find. It’s a dazzling picture that’s as comedic as it is entertaining bursting with a Brazilian energy that brings to mind the Bossa Nova rhythms of Sergio Mendes somehow married with the world of James Bond. And it’s true, there’s without question a m read more

The Soft Skin (1964)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 17, 2017

There might be an initial predilection to call The Soft Skin Francois Truffaut’s most conventional film to date, but for me, it shows at this fairly early point in his career he seems to have grasped the main tenets of traditional filmmaking. Because his first films are full of life, energy, read more

Review: A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 14, 2017

Blanche Dubois and Stanley Kowalski. They’re both so iconic not simply in the lore of cinema history but literature and American culture in general. It’s difficult to know exactly what to do with them. Stanley Kowalksi the archetypical chauvinistic beast. Driven by anger, prone to abuse, read more

Cat People (1942)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 12, 2017

Cat People has one of those sensationalized B-picture premises and there are moments when its meager aspects let slip that this is a low-budget effort, but within those restrictions, it moves with a certain purpose and chilliness. It’s true that producer Val Lewton had a B-movie renaissance go read more

Thelma & Louise (1991)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 9, 2017

Themla & Louise hardly feels like typical Ridley Scott fare but then again, neither is this a typical movie. It pulls from numerous genres that have been depicted countless times before from buddy movies to caper comedies, road films, and the like. But perhaps the intrigue begins with the two le read more
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