Sunday, June 10, 2012

Top Four Films of May, 2012

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Dites-lui que je l'aime (1977)
A bizarre, crazy psycho-dramatic-romance, this film really showed the brilliance of Claude Miller, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year.

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She's Back on Broadway (1953)
Virginia Mayo wasn't always the biggest star, and she has a lazy eye to boot. However, she shines in this film with incredible power as a washed-up actress who must choose between the man she loves and reviving her career.

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I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951)
In a way, it was a little cheesy and over the top. Still it features a convincing and uncompromising federal agent who must pretend he's a communist in order to "catch the bad guys". Also directed by Gordon Douglas (She's Back on Broadway, Them!, So This is Love), he shows his versatility and his strength at displaying emotion from the actors as well as eliciting a reaction from the audience.

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The Steel Trap (1952)
A great heist movie with one thing most do not have today: a conscience. Joseph Cotten reunites with Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt), playing her husband, in a tense drama. He plays a loan officer that discovers a loophole in the extradition laws and decides he wants to rob the bank he works for. This film recently premiered on TCM. Thank goodness! Hopefully, they will show it more often.

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