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Archive for July 23, 2017

Mike’s Top Ten of 1947

So 1944 for me was about the rise of the noirs. 1947 is the year of the noir. There are 22 of them on this list. 22! This is as cynical as it got for Hollywood.

That’s really the overwhelming theme for 1947: dark and cynical. Which is funny, because one of the most uplifting Christmas movies ever made (I guess, actually… two of them) came out this year. But man, there’s not a lot of uplift in here. Even the major film of the year about how awful society is.

But hey, alongside the darkness, we also have one of the most beautiful films ever shot. So there’s that. (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “I think Houdini did this once, and if I remember right, he was out of the hospital in no time.” “Well, that’s encouraging.” (30th Anniversary)