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Review: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

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

Are you a mod or a rocker? ~ reporter Um, no, I’m a mocker ~ Ringo As a 4 or 5-year-old I didn’t know who the Marx Brothers were and no one had told me yet about Cinema Verite and what that meant. But I loved the Beatles. Also, I didn’t find out until years later that Richard Leste read more

The Bigamist (1953)

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

I despise you and I pity you. ~ Edmund Gwenn as Mr. Jordan The Bigamist is at first a delightful noir — in one aspect unassuming and yet groundbreaking when put in a broader context. Ida Lupino is not simply a good female director. She is a good director, period.   She left a body of work both read more

Slap Shot (1977)

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

The question is, what to do with Slap Shot? It’s grungy, dirty, and foul-mouthed. Bloody and violent. Did I mention profane and boisterous? Loud and obnoxious? Yet somehow there’s still something idiosyncratically lovable about this board busting hockey film. Is it wrong to call it an read more

The Blue Dahlia (1946)

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

Soldiers returning home from war is a recurring theme in films such as The Best Years of Our Lives and Act of Violence and given the circumstances it makes sense. This was the reality. Men returning home from war as heroes. But even heroes have to re-acclimate to the world they left behind. Blue Dah read more

The Glass Key (1942)

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

With Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon making a splash just the year before and giving a big leg up to its star Humphrey Bogart as well as its director John Huston, it’s no a surprise that another such film would be in the works to capitalize on the success. This time it was based of read more

This Gun for Hire (1942)

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

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake found themselves partnered together on numerous occasions partially out of convenience (at 5’6 and 4’11 they were a perfect height match) but also there’s a genuine chemistry between them. And it all came into being with This Gun for Hire an economical f read more

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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

There’s something remarkably moving about the beginning of Saving Private Ryan. I’ve only felt it a few times in my own lifetime whether it was family members recognizing names on the Vietnam Memorial tears in their eyes or walking over the sunken remains of the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl H read more

The Rage of Paris (1938)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 3, 2017

It’s one of those anomalies of life that only a few days before I write this, the renowned Danielle Darrieux celebrated a century on this earth and I watch a film from some many years ago that showcases her budding screen presence. While so many others deteriorate with age, she seems the epit read more

The Birds (1963)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 1, 2017

The Birds is about all sort of birds. The ones we are acquainted with initially are actually a pair of humans. Lovebirds you might call them. Except they don’t know it quite yet, but the moment Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) meet in a pet shop, the sparks are alr read more

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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

I find that my own life was greatly influenced by my father during my most formative years, in particular in the realm of music. I grew up on the classics of the ‘60s. But there’s that juncture in time perhaps during middle school where you begin to branch out and you latch onto other sounds for read more

Red Badge of Courage (1951)

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

Stephen Crane’s seminal Civil War novel was made to be gripping film material and although my knowledge of the particulars is limited John Huston’s story while streamlined and truncated feels like a fairly faithful adaptation that even takes some effort to pull passages directly from the read more

Pandora’s Box (1929)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 25, 2017

The Greek gods created a woman – Pandora. She was beautiful and charming and versed in the art of flattery. But the gods also gave her a box containing all the evils of the world. The heedless woman opened the box, and all evil was loosed upon us. It’s often extraordinary the internation read more

Review: East of Eden (1955)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 22, 2017

East of Eden. It was John Steinbeck’s epic work. Showcasing a familial narrative sprawled across his familiar locales of Salinas and Monterey over the turn of the century. But as a film, it rather unwittingly became James Dean’s. He wasn’t even a star yet. He had been on the stage read more

Blue Jay (2016)

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

Are you leaving room for Jesus?~Amanda You know it. Catholic school forever.~Jim Is it true that nostalgia always feels like it should be in black and white? If that sentiment is true there’s a rooted purpose in Blue Jay’s muted black and white tones that run deep. So often we consider i read more

Roman Holiday (1953): Escapism and Why That’s Okay Sometimes

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

I’ve made a point of suggesting that the reason that I return to movies, again and again, is not because I go to them as an outlet of escapism but for the fact that films give us a little bit more insight into the lives we lead as human beings. In some ways, you could say I’ve even vehe read more

Review: 8 1/2 (1963)

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

Is the subject of this film a religious one? – A Religious Leader  Yes, well, in a matter of speaking. – Guido It famously opens with a dream. Our main character stuck in a silent traffic jam, completely disillusioned by the scene around him until he’s able to escape everything in read more

Platoon (1986)

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

It’s a rather interesting parallel that Charlie Sheen is playing much the same role his father did in Apocalypse Now. At least in the sense that they become our entry point into the mire of war, specifically in Vietnam. But where Apocalypse seemed to belong more so to Brando or even Duvall, read more

Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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

“How many times is a man so taken with a woman that he walks off the screen just to get her?” This line spoken by one of Jeff Daniels’ characters is really the key to opening up the fantasy that is Purple Rose of Cairo. Here is a film where Woody Allen most blatantly gets to parad read more

La La Land (2016)

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

After watching this film two things become astoundingly obvious. Damien Chazelle has an equally unquenchable passion for film and for jazz. He’s also extremely bold, going all the way when it comes to choices as a director with everything from camera set-ups, lighting, staging, even casting. I read more

Fallen Idol (1948)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 3, 2017

Fallen Idol is a fascinating film for how it develops inner turmoil. It’s earnestly interested in the point of view of a child and as such, it functions on multiple levels –that of both kids and adults. Philippe’s (Bobby Henrey) home is the embassy as his father is a French ambassa read more
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