Just Thoughtful & Funny Enough

Collected musings and images that add to my every day.

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When you think about it, Mr. Kane, the competence of totalitarian nations is much higher than ours. They get things done.

Saboteur (1942), Alfred Hitchcock

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OUT OF THE PAST (1947) Blu-ray Disc - This quintessential Film Noir finally comes to high definition in a crisp and clear presentation of the contrasting shadows Jeff Bailey must stumble through in this saga of seduction and salvation. Based upon the novel “Build my Gallows High” by Geoffrey Homes, director Jacques Tourneur, in collaboration with cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca and a superb all-star cast, succeeded in making the defining film of a genre they weren’t even aware they were working in. Robert Mitchum leads as ex-PI Jeff Bailey, desperate to escape the past he still yearns for. When a stranger arrives in town, the shadows of that past and the misdeeds he committed there pull Bailey back to the femme fatale (Jane Greer) that left him broken and betrayed. Kirk Douglas’ genial gangster nearly steals the show from the magnetic Mitchum. Special Features: Commentary by Film Historian James Ursini.

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Robin Williams proved his brilliance extended beyond improvisation with his leading dramatic role in this adaptation of the beloved John Irving classic, The World According to Garp (1982). Williams plays T.S. Garp, novelist son of strident feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close), who must wrestle his way through a life full of gender politics, parenthood, adultery, tragedy and recovery as he searches for his place. John Lithgow’s performance as Roberta Muldoon, a transgender NFL Pro, cemented his place as one of the character greats.

RIP Robin Williams