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Katherine (1975) (TV)
9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Terrific acting, direction and score, 19 May 2001

Loosely based on the Patti Hearst saga, this all-too-true account of the times and the conflicting feelings stands well on its own merits. Masterful work by Spacek and Winkler as the well-meaning but misguided rebels. The scene where Art Carney and Spacek dance is so compelling, it always makes me cry; the music is perfectly used; and all the supporting performances are raw, truthful, and insightful. Viewed through present lenses, this may seem overdone, but having lived through those times, it is write on the money and lovingly directed. At the time creative directors were able to say in TV-movies what the film studios would not allow especially with regard to Vietnam and teen unrest -- quite the opposite of today. My score in the context of its period is 10/10.

22 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
My Favorite WW II Movie of all time, 14 May 2001

From the mystery of the first scene, you know that this is not just another war movie. This dealt honestly and on a raw level with the gut-wrenching issues that emerge when a country is occupied by a people not very much unlike themselves. Both sides try to reconcile the apparent incongruities to peacefully co-exist and yet allow the Norwegians to keep their basic human dignity, but alas the positions are inevitably irreconcilable. Because the emotions it portrays are so genuine and honest, this is one of the best propaganda films made by the allies while the war was still ongoing. Nancy Colman and Judith Anderson are standouts in a uniformly excellent cast. I consider this the perfect war film.

12 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Great acting, philosophical writing, and direction, 14 May 2001

Donat was never better, and the supporting cast is excellent all the way with no false notes. The period and its concerns and constraints are captured perfectly. This is the kind of philosophical statement movies that did well in the 30's and 40's but later became a lost art. This is worth seeing by young and old alike.

The Web (1947)
14 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Taut, well-acted and well-plotted thriller., 14 May 2001

Ella Raines was one of the best and most under-utilized actresses of the 40's. She was great in Phantom Lady and Tall In The Saddle, and is even better in the Web. And Bendix, O'Brien, and Price all equal her in excellence. But, the writing is the single most above-average thing about this all-but-forgotten little gem. It is exceedingly well[plotted, suspenseful, and surprising without ever seeming the least bit contrived. Mystery fans should track AMC carefully to be sure to catch this one next time around.

The End (1978)
2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Hit and Miss Comedy, 14 May 2001

Some great scenes and imaginative ideas hold interest for the first half of the movie, but once Dom De Luise takes over, ironic satire is dwarfed by outrageous slapstick, and what remains is a feast for those who wish to see a 1970's updating of The Three Stooges, but the satirical dark humor of the first half is then rendered meaningless, except for one inspired bit near the very end of the film. If you don't mind a lot of slapstick, you should find this very amusing.

3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Fun, lightweight comedy at a military academy, 13 May 2001

The chemistry between the cadets and Benson (Heston) is just right, and familiar territory is trod with enough panache and witty dialogue to make it well worth the trip. The supporting cast of adults is fine. And Julie Adams is once again, beautiful, steadfast, brilliant, and unappreciated. This is a worthwhile timeless film you can enjoy watching with the entire family.

2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Violence, revenge, and macabre humor mixed haphazardly, 13 May 2001

This is a Burt Kennedy western? Is that Strother Martin acting like Jerry Lewis trying to play a rapist? Why does Ernest Borgnine's character seem to forget at least twice what he said or did in previous scenes? This is one of the most off-kilter western movies I've ever scene until the last 20 minutes which is superb but seems to come out of left-field from a completely different movie. Otherwise, this one plays like The Over The Hill Gang Meets I Spit On Your Grave. This one is either brilliant totally beyond my understanding, or a gory misfire. Until shown otherwise, I give it 4/10.

27 out of 30 people found the following review useful:
The best movie ever adapted from a novel, 13 May 2001

Dorothy McGuire gives the best performance I have ever seen from a lead actress. Period. And the rest of the cast from top to bottom is just about as perfect. Betty Smith's classic American novel not only comes to life, but adds dimension and poignancy, and it all revolves around McGuire's completely vulnerable yet incredibly strong performance. James Dunn deservedly won best actor for the best performance of his career. Other standouts include Blondell, Garner, Gleason, Nolan, Donaldson, and Alexander. The direction is impeccable and the photography makes you feel like you are living right there in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn with them. Not a single mundane detail is omitted or glorified, and none of the difficulties and embarrassments are whitewashed. This may well be the best purely American movie ever made.

8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Good cast in otherwise routine war movie, 13 May 2001

The cast is terrific, especially the always under-appreciated Dianne Foster in a thankless role, and the dialogue is crisp. But most of the cast is considerably older than their roles, and this movie adds little new information. If you like character-study war movies, this is a good time. I give it 6/10.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Cliche Central, 12 May 2001

The concept: show 4 families of diverse ethnicities in the Fairfax District of L.A. preparing for the family get-together at Thanksgiving. I loved Soul Food and How to Make an American Quilt {I think there's a law that Alfre Woodard has to be in all these movies) which similarly offered a pastiche of family traditions, and was prepared for a treat. Instead, I felt tricked. They trot out about 40+ characters, and all but two are one-note cliches with no finesse whatsoever. The writers and director should spend a few more years learning about life and learn how loving people of different generations actually do relate. Instead, you have a bunch of a**holes getting together on Turkey Day to act like extra-obnoxious a**holes. Now, to an extent, this is what Thanksgiving is all about. But, not this misguidedly. And why bother having Julianne Marguiles, then giving her absolutely nothing to do. This was a chore to get through, and Mercedes Ruehl is a standout, but I give it a 4/10.

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