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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Movie Review When a mysterious one armed stranger arrives by train into the sleepy little desert town of Black Rock, he sets off a contagion of apprehension and hostility among the locals. Just as John J. Macready (Spencer Tracy) steps off the train the station manager/telegraph operator is alarmed and surprised that the train even stopped. It’s been four years since the last train stopped at Black Rock. It’s been just a few months since the end of WWII, but retired Army man Macready finds he’s walked into inexplicably hostile territory by the reception from the locals. Why are these...
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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Movie Review While it is now considered one of the greatest American films (and deservedly so) this was not the case upon its release in 1955. When Night of the Hunter was first shown in theaters  it was both a commercial and a critical flop. Superbly directed by actor Charles Laughton and exquisitely shot by Stanley Cortez, this would be Laughton second and last turn as a director. No doubt the poor reception the film received at the time was a contributing factor to his reluctance to step behind the camera again. The movie boasts an all star crew and the actors are superbly cast. Robert Mitchum was...
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Movie Review Today I was going to post about The Night of the Hunter, but in light of the sad passing of  Elizabeth Taylor, I’ve opted instead to write about one of her most memorable roles (and she had quite a few) as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This performance garnered her one of  the 5 Oscar nominations she would receive through out her career. While she didn’t win the Academy Award the following year she left behind one of the  most indelible characters in cinematic history. This is such a great movie on so many levels. Adapted from the screenplay by Tennessee Williams and...
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