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ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (dir: Douglas Sirk, Not Rated) - Michelle says, "Todd Haynesĺs FAR FROM HEAVEN attempted to do for race what this movie does for class, pairing a wealthy widow (Jane Wyman) with her handsome younger gardener (Rock Hudson) and setting them against the wagging tongues of their local society. Douglas Sirk tells the story better than Haynes, and the melodrama is more subdued than in his other films like MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, but he still manages to jerk a few tears, using that old medical emergency trick to bring the characters back together. Man, seeing people sitting next to their loved ones in hospitals always gets me. How about you?"
BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (dir: John Sturges, Not Rated) - Bart says, "When a one-armed Spencer Tracy gets off a train in a rundown desert town whose few residents greet him with hostility, if at all, you know there's a big ugly secret they're all hiding and some heavy stuff is gonna go down. Not really a Western, since it's set some years after WWII, and not really a Film Noir, since the setting is so sun-drenched and technicolor, it's the rare film that satisfyingly combines the sensibilities of both genres. But most importantly, it contains my favorite villainous performance by my favorite portrayer of villainous characters: Robert Ryan. Always at his best when he's playing vicious racists or immoral losers, you'd never guess that in real life Robert Ryan was an outspoken civil rights activist and crusader for various liberal causes, including forming a committee in defense of the First Amendment during the height of McCarthyism."
SHACK OUT ON 101 (dir: Edward Dein, Not Rated) - Bart says, "You love Lee Marvin, but you'll never know how much until you check him out as a short-tempered short-order cook named Slob in this crazy, incomprehensible, yet totally hilarious zero-budget Cold War-era red scare farce. Set in a run-down seaside diner near a military base, nobody is who they seem, but it doesn't even matter because everybody's lusting after the cute waitress and lifting weights and trying on snorkel gear and getting up to god-knows-what. This unknown classic deserves to be seen!"
GUYS AND DOLLS (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Not Rated)
KISS ME DEADLY (dir: Robert Aldrich, Not Rated)
DIABOLIQUE (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Not Rated)
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (dir: Charles Laughton, Not Rated)
PATHER PANCHALI (dir: Satyajit Ray, Not Rated)
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (dir: Nicholas Ray, Not Rated)
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT (dir: Ingmar Bergman, Not Rated)
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