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    The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Book and Candle
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    Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (2019) In theaters now
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    Name a Celebrity - Name a Movie

    Peter O'Toole was in Lawrence of Arabia with Anthony Quinn
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    Movies That Make a Statement

    Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
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    Hoosiers (1986)
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    Open Water (2003)
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    I saw The Blue Lamp several years ago, when TCM aired it. I remember it as procedural-like, dealing with a different type of post-war criminal, as opposed to say, organized crime types. And yes, it's a fine piece of film making.
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    Say Anything... (1989)
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    Recently Watched Documentaries

    Along the Coast (1958) A documentary short from Agnès Varda that looks at the French Riviera. Varda introduces the tourists, regular people, examining their beach habits and beach attire. The short functions as a fashion retrospective on swimsuits and hats. Interspersed are scenes from the Cannes Film Festival, with celebrities such as Sophia Loren. Varda closes with a look at the plant life that adds to the region’s beauty. Filmed in vivid color, this documentary reminds us that, yes, the French Riviera is very beautiful. This was made in conjunction with the French Tourism Bureau.
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    Roma (1972)
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    Amistad (1997)
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    Noir Alley

    Terrific discussion on Pickup on South Street. One of the things I liked were the love scenes between Skip and Candy, the way he stroked her face, almost massaging it. The scene was beautifully lit, with the bay in the background, and the twinkling lights of New York (vividly created on the Fox sound stages). Candy gave Skip a shot at redemption, and he took it. Was the ending a little too pat? Perhaps. Moe’s death jolted Skip out of his cynical and dangerous moral equivalency. He finally had to pick a side. I think the women, Candy and Moe, were the heroes, even with their flaws.
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    Death Takes a Holiday Inn
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    Avatar (2009)
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    Happy-Go-Lucky Jordan
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    Recently Watched SF & Fantasy

    High Life (2018). Directed by Claire Denis, I admired this film’s lo-fi minimalism. After a while, though, the story of a group of people traveling in space, in a ship that looks like a boxcar, grew confoundingly pretentious. Who are these people, who look like models in a perfume commercial? We learn they’re guinea pigs serving death sentences who are sent on a mission to harness energy from a black hole. High Life seems to confuse ambivalence as high art. Starring Robert Pattinson in a performance I found overly restrained to the point of being listless. The only character generating any interest was Juliette Binoche’s de facto leader. She plays a doctor with a Dr. Moreau complex, only this time sticking with humans, chewing up the scenery and spitting it out. The ship has a special room where the passengers can pleasure themselves. The scene in which Binoche’s character enters the room, and what she does, is one of the most extreme examples of self-indulgence I’ve seen. She makes Meg Ryan’s histrionics in When Harry Met Sally look like a poetry recitation. Grade C+.
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    Rebound (1931)
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    Ghost Stories (2017)
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    Valley Girl (1983)
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    Two Weeks with Love in the the Afternoon
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    Zelig (1983)
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    High Life (2018)
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    Ghidorah (1964)
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    Meet Joe Black Narcissus
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    From Russia with Love Stinks

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