The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

In essence, the presence of Henry Fonda was enough for me to decide to watch this film. Fonda’s the kind of actor who is just always worth watching (at least, in all my experience), and a film like this has a strong enough reputation in and of itself that it made it a no-brainer. Of […]

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One Hour Photo (2002)

I rented this movie sometime shortly after its original home release (back when I actually rented things) and seem to recall watching it with my mother, and I can’t recall for the life of me whether she took from it the same thing I did, or nearly the opposite. I do recall very firmly Kristofer […]

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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Other than just running across this film, perhaps, in channel-surfing when I used to watch TV, or just seeing the name of it floating around, my first exposure to this film was actually a discussion with my father. He managed movie theatres in the late 70s and early 80s, and told me stories periodically about […]

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Ordinary People (1980)

Wow, what a great film. I’ve seen this crop up on lists of “most undeserving Oscar winners,” on occasion. Pffft. Yeah, yeah, Raging Bull, yeah, yeah, The Elephant Man. I like them both, quite a lot. But, as has been pointed out before, the script for Raging Bull is not exactly a knockout, and The […]

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