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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Library Project: December 8 - 14

Another week, another set of films from my DVD collection. Here's what I watched this week:

December 8: Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) - hands down, one of the best Westerns ever made. Sergio Leone's tale of revenge and railroads is brilliant from beginning to end and features a great, image shattering performance from Henry Fonda.

December 9: Out of Africa (1985) - a film that often seems to be singled out as an example of a "bad" Best Picture winner, but it's actually a really a great movie and, for my money, better than the film that people think should have won the Oscar that year (that would be The Color Purple).

December 10: Paths of Glory (1957) - Stanley Kubrick is usually described as a "cold" and "clinical" director, but I think that Paths of Glory proves that that's not always true. The film is one that is very much in touch with human feeling - you can't watch that last scene and deny it.

December 13: Pearl Harbor (2001) - Michael Bay's failed play at a prestige film. It's been years since I watched this one and I had no idea that Michael Shannon is in it.

December 14: The Philadelphia Story (1940) - Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, and George Cukor. A dream team if ever there was one, who bring enough charm to the proceedings that you can almost ignore the misogynist undertones of the screenplay.

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