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An Education

An Education is a charming, intelligent film filled with excellent performances, especially from Carey Mulligan, who shines as the curious ingénue. Mulligan’s character, Jenny, is bookish school girl from suburban London who meets an older, sophisticated attractive man, David (played perfectly by Peter Sarsgaard), who drives a sports car and who sweeps her off her […]

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Contemporary ROMANTIC COMEDIES for Valentines’s Day

10 Things I Hate About YouAmerican President, AnAway We Go Best Man, TheBridget Jones’s Diary Brown SugarBull DurhamChasing LibertyChocolat (2000)Continental DivideDaddy’s Little GirlsDaveDefinitely, MaybeDoc HollywoodDown with LoveFailure to LaunchFamily Man, The Fever Pitch (2005)Four Weddings and a FuneralFrench KissGood Year, AGroundhog Day HitchHoliday, The (2006)Honeymoon in VegasHow to DealHow to Lose a Guy in Ten […]

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Comtemporary ROMANCES for Valentine’s Day

(500) Days of Summer Against All OddsAge of Innocence, The All the Pretty HorsesAs Good as it GetsAt First SightAtonement Autumn in New YorkBed of RosesBefore SunriseBefore the Rains Bridges of Madison County, TheBrokeback MountainCaptain Corelli’s MandolinCold MountainCrossing Delency Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Days of HeavenDead Again Dear John Dirty DancingEnglish Patient, TheEver […]

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Husbands and Wives

For the first time, Woody Allen acting in one of his movies did not annoy me so much that the temptation to turn the film off was almost irresistible. He does not choose, in Husbands and Wives, to play someone who is more neurotic than anyone else in Manhattan. That is not the ONLY reason […]

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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Everytime I see this one, for some reason I always forget the twists and turns it takes, which is good since that of course increases the suspense for me. This is a prime example of wonderful melodramatic noir films of the post-WWII era…maybe even the best example. Not as serious as Laura, (or as good) […]

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Double Indemnity

This is the classic example of film noir….more than Otto Preminger’s Laura…more than anything else of the era. Why? Well, because this one’s got everything. In a big way too….lust, murder, the perfect femme fatale, the perfect fall-guy, the perfect everything. Based on the novel by James M. Cain (who also penned The Postman Always […]

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