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The Good Guys And The Bad Guys Review


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Burt Kennedy's The Good Guys and the Bad Guys is the kind of western that's so tired and old that it has to rely on a phony jokiness to get through the clichés. Around 1969, there were a lot of those westerns to go around -- True Grit, There Was a Crooked Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The War Wagon, and Kennedy's own Support Your Local Sheriff, which looks as if it were shot on the same cheap and generic western set as The Good Guys and the Bad Guys. Some of these westerns were elevated from their Cat Ballou foundation by actually not being westerns at all but, instead, interesting character studies (True Grit, Butch Cassidy) or more comedies than westerns (Support Your Local Sheriff).

But others just languished between the two extremes being neither one nor the other, in the end being nothing at all. Into this classification falls The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, a meaningless and harmless bit of flatulence that caused barely a ripple of interest in 1969, when critical sniffers where inhaling deeply of Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.

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Mighty Joe Young (1949) Review


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16 years after King Kong, folks figured that people had forgotten what Kong's claymation effects looked like (hell, there'd been a World War in there!), so they figured they'd trot them out again. The story's about the same, too: A pet gorilla is brought back from Africa (this time with his owner/caretaker (Terry Moore), and exploited in a vaudeville act. In fact, this is the film's best moment, which gives us some drunks who first throw a bottle at Joe's head, then get him wasted. Other than that, the film is largely a retread that you may not find overly compelling.

Singin' In The Rain Review


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Being a child of Star Wars and Pretty in Pink, it's usually hard for my generation to appreciate frou-frou musicals.

Not so with Singin' in the Rain, probably the best musical ever made and 50 years after its original production, its special edition DVD proves it's just as great now as when it was originally produced. If somebody doesn't like this movie, they're either dumb, dead, or both.

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