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The 400 Blows Isn’t A Typical Artsy Fartsy French Movie

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DVD cover art for The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)

The other night, I had Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel on. It started to show Francois Truffaut’s "The 400 Blows" (1959). Film buff friends of mine have waxed poetically about all the French New Wave directors like Truffaut and until now I had avoided them all. I just thought that these "great" movies were 90 minutes of French people sitting around drinking coffee and smoking – and that’s it. The film started and I promised to turn the channel when I got bored. 99 minutes later I realized I did watch a great film. The 400 Blows isn’t a typical artsy fartsy French film.
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Silver Linings Playbook Just Misses Being Oscar Worthy

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poster for the film Silver Linings PlaybookMovies about people with mental illnesses isn’t my usual thing unless it is a documentary. Family dysfunction played for laughs can be entertaining. I liked Silver Lining Playbook even though the main plot wasn’t my usual taste. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did a good job. I don’t think the film is worthy of the Oscar nominations it got but it was worth the money I spent on the ticket which is a good thing.
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Prometheus: Good If You Were Born Yesterday

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poster from the 2012 film PrometheusI finally watched Prometheus for the 2nd time the other night. It was actually my first time all the way through. The first time I stopped watching just as the cast started exploring the alien structure because I got bored. After watching the complete film from start to the end I can say that this is a decent movie if you have no prior knowledge of the “Alien” mythology.
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Doug’s Favorite Films For 1976

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post icon for Doug on FilmSometime ago I posted about my favorite year – 1976. In that post I talked about TV in general and listed some of the songs I liked from that year. In this post I want to go back to 1976 but list some of my favorite films that were released that year.
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As A Random Netflix Pick, Cashback Is A Nice Surprise

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image of poster to movie Cashback 2006I was bored the other night. The usual TV shows I watch were in repeats so I did what I usually do and pick a film to stream on Netflix. “Cashback”, written and directed by Sean Ellis was my pick, just based on the blurb, but by the end of the film I was surprised at how warm and human it turned out. I enjoyed it and recommend it for anyone looking for a smart adult comedy-drama with a twist of sci-fi.
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2011 Oscars: Popularity or Art?

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Clip art of a 1st place trophyOn Tuesday morning (01/26), the nominees for the 2011 Oscar Awards were announced. I have my favorites and if I were voting the results would be different than what we will see when the awards are presented on February 26th. See my picks below.
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The Change-Up: Excellent comedy for a fratboy

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Poster for the movie The Change-UpI saw the previews for the movie “The Change-Up” and it drew my interest. From the director of “Wedding Crashers” and writers of “The Hangover” I thought how could I lose since I loved both those movies. While not a horrible film, it was not a “Wedding Crashers” or “The Hangover”. To me it seemed like an extra long letter to “Penthouse” magazine – the kind of fiction a guy would dream up before getting married and having a family.
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