February was a short month, but it was an interesting one. Here are the films that stood out among the others:
Road House (1948)
Key factor in choosing this movie: Classic noir. Should be considered as one of the greats.
Key factor in choosing this movie: Unlike The Fountain, showing these various time periods actually works. Also, Tilda Swinton's performance is beyond marvelous.
Hester Street (1975)
Key factor in choosing this movie: Carol Kane's childlike character develops into a strong woman by the end of the film.
Joan of Arc (1948)
Key factor in choosing this movie: Although I am crazy about anything Joan of Arc related, the great performances and execution of the story was more than I bargained for. This is among the best adaptations (Jacques Rivette's and Robert Bresson's being the only other worthwhile ones).
Jane Eyre (1943)
Key factor in choosing this movie: Great performance by the child actors, which include Elizabeth Taylor. Also, no matter how many adaptations I've seen of Jane Eyre, this one keeps the story fresh and does not deviate from the heart and soul of the book.
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