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and the winner is . . .

Last Saturday night Kimmie and I finished watching my 1970s Film Festival. We have been watching my catalogue of top films, breaking them down by decade, and within each decade I’ve arranged the movies in alphabetical order (I always look … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Oz: birth of a Girl Adventurer

How many times have you seen The Wizard of Oz? I’m going to guess that I’ve seen it a dozen times. Kimmie, my wife, reckons that she’s seen it at least 20 times. I haven’t the slightest doubt that there are … Continue reading

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Dodsworth: midlife crisis among the bourgeoisie

Paul’s Crème de la Crème Festival rolls on.  Last night Kimmie and I screened the third entry in my chronological festival of the best films, the 1936 production of Dodsworth, directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston and Ruth Chatterton. … Continue reading

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It Happened One Night: love as fun

Last night we viewed movie #2 in my new Paul’s Crème de la Crème Festival: It Happened One Night, released in 1934 and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. As of now, 50,424 people have rated it on IMDb to give … Continue reading

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Counsellor at Law: more than King Kong up that Empire State Building

Last night I launched Paul’s Crème de la Crème Festival—a series of the best movies discovered in my 6-year-long chronological History of Cinema Festival. These were the movies that I rated either 9 or 10 out of 10 on IMDb. … Continue reading

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Pulp Fiction: cesspool enchantment

The first time I saw the movie Pulp Fiction, probably in the late 1990s, I thought, “Ugh—thank god I don’t have to watch that again.” In programming the 1990s section of my History of Cinema Festival I left Pulp Fiction … Continue reading

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Taxi Driver: the shape of things to come

IMDb rating: 8.5/10 My rating: 8/10 Having talked about the subject of mental health in my post about One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and who gets to call whom insane, I find myself confronted with similar issues in the … Continue reading

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One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest: for the mental patient in all of us

Last night on Paul’s History of Cinema Festival Kimmie and I watched One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, released in November 1975 and winner of the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture, among other honors. Directed by Milos Forman, the … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life—what it means

Remember Christmas? As part of our Christmas viewing Kimmie and I watched the 1946 classic It’s a Wonderful Life, and in a first post and a second post I offered up my earlier search for the controlling idea or theme … Continue reading

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice: ridiculous & lovable

Last night’s entry in Paul’s History of Cinema Festival was the 1969 social comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, written by Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker, and directed by Mazursky. It’s a movie I first saw about 8 … Continue reading

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