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the Right Thing
Spike Lee directs and stars in moving, funny story of Brooklyn
black neighborhood in summer, addressing the ghosts of King and
Malcolm with depth and richness.
...A wonderful film about gypsies and their music. Not so much
a documentary, or travelogue, as a heart-full journey with a band
of gypsies over the route of their historic wanderings as a people,
from India and North Africa through Europe from east to west.
The music is top-quality, and expresses the inner quality of life
kept alive in this resilient people.
... Fellini's surrealistic remake of
the classic drama: memorably freakish characters and scenes of
Nero's Rome and its archetypal landscapes.
... Touted as the greatest film ever,
it's a classic view of the rise and fall of human ambition. Even
the greatest in power and wealth cannot escape the needs of the
...A Bergman classic, every shot a masterpiece,
right to the ending as humanly satisfying as it is unHollywood.
Good for us to see these lessons of old age before it’s too late…
Secret of Roan Inish
...magical depiction of Irish myth and
lifestyle, captivating for all ages.
...hold your breath for two hours. This
outhitchcocks Hitchcock for pure suspense.
Play in the Fields of the Lord
...a perfect novel, even better than
the excellent film
...If there was ever
a case of a movie falling short of a book, this is it. A drab
sequence of sexual episodes and begging money off friends, punctuated
by an occasionaly inspiring section of prose read from the real
thing. Buy the book instead.
...Charming and unique,
this tale of a small Italian restaurant on the brink of bankruptcy
shines right to its slice-of-life end.
the classic Hawthorne tale, and if I remember him correctly, this
version is decidedly more positive in the end—after a progression
from dark to darker still. The Indian raid as deus-ex-machina
almost undercuts it, however. Still, I like this upbeat trend
in nineties movies. We’ve had enough tragedy of every sort, so
that even when we revisit it, it benefits our soul to see a more
freeing outcome. Otherwise, why bother?