Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

I’m rather certain my friend Brain strongly encouraged me to pick this one up, and so I did, almost ten years ago. During my ‘dry period’ of movie watching, I never did get around to it, despite a trustworthy recommendation (and the presences of one James Stewart). My sudden return, brought on by what I […]

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Touch of Evil [Restored Cut] (1958)

Anachronistically, I forever find myself singing the Judas Priest song whenever I think of this movie. Of course, timing aside, this makes no sense: the Priest song is intensely sexual, which is not really relevant here. But the mind does as it will. Nonsensical associations aside, this is hardly an obscure film. I’d heard of […]

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A Bucket of Blood (1959)

It’s like riding a bicycle apparently,¹ though not very complicated to be sure. The weekend was ending, and I’d managed to corral my other interests (comics, primarily!), only to find myself with a mere hour or so before I’d intended on crawling into bed for the upcoming work week. My original plan (Melville’s L’armée des ombres) […]

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蜘蛛巣城 (Kumonosu-jō, lit. “Spider Web Castle”) [Throne of Blood] (1957)

As always, the title was changed in translation: "Kumonosu-jō" actually translates to "Spider's Web Castle," the given name of the castle in the film. It's probably criminal to some, but at this point I'm more familiar–in terms of what I have experienced–with the work of Akira Kurosawa than I am with the work of William […]

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The Killing (1956)

As someone who has more interest in character than spectacle or plot and ideas than visuals as a general rule (but of course not an exclusive one), Stanley Kubrick is an unusual director for me. Obviously many people love the man’s work dearly, and I certainly put in my hands and vote for the original […]

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Pat and Mike (1952)

It was by pure chance that I happened upon this one, merely acquiring it as part of a “buy one get one” type deal to decrease the cost of Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, but trusting in Cukor and the reputations of Tracy and Hepburn, especially the two of them together, though Tracy was the only […]

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Peter Pan (1953)

Like most people for–gosh, I don’t know, the last few decades, maybe?–I grew up seeing many a Disney film. I saw an awful lot of them an awful lot of times. A number of those famous, over-sized clamshell VHS cases occupied my parents’ home and made VHS shelving difficult. I loved most of them without […]

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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

A film like this suffers a lot from its age–not dating, mind you, but that so many references have been made that it’s difficult to see past those connections one might gain from a viewing of those homages, references and so on. This is always frustrating for me as someone very interested in film, interested […]

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