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The Battle Over Citizen Kane Review


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In case your cinematic history only extends as far as the first American Pie, you might be surprised to learn that Citizen Kane is based on the life and times of William Randolph Hearst. Of course, if you didn't know that, you wouldn't know who Hearst was anyway, so you might as well quit reading this, turn off your computer, and get back to your reality TV programming.

In this two-hour documentary, made for PBS and feeling a lot like... it was made for PBS, there's surprisingly little content germane to its title. Mostly, the film talks about the life of Hearst and the life of Orson Welles, separately. It isn't until the last half-hour when Citizen Kane is actually made and discussed, particularly as it relates to Hearst's hatred of it. And rightly so -- Welles was skewering the media magnate in the film; who could blame him for doing everything in his power to stop its release?

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The Rare Breed Review


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One of the strangest westerns I've ever seen, this story of a rare cow and its treacherous delivery eventually gives way to a character study featuring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, and the unforgettable Brian Keith, playing an outrageous Scotsman. It never really goes anywhere -- and it couldn't: Most of the film was shot on a sound stage instead of on location.

Citizen Kane Review


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I first watched Citizen Kane in 1997. For me 1997 was the year I actually buckled down and decided that I wanted to be a critic, and that I had better take this job seriously. With that in my mind, I switched my focus from new releases to retrospectives, designing myself to be able to do what I had at first loathed in critics: make obscure references to movies I had never heard of.

As a point of fact, when I actually got into the business I heard of those movies. And I heard more about those movies. And more. And, when the AFI named Citizen Kane as the best film of all time, I decided that it might just be a good idea to see it.

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Creature From The Black Lagoon Review


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Affectionate amphibians, river cruises down the Amazon, femme fatales in one-piece bathing suits: it must be the 50s B-flick. The 50s B-flick in question is Creature from the Black Lagoon, a movie that you probably know better from the pinball machine inspired by it. Said pinball machine is very popular as a novelty item, and can be found at about whatever place where you will find old pinball machines that the company doesn't have enough money to replace yet.

Creature from the Black Lagoon was one of many B-movies that found its way into cult status mainly through steamy-car sessions at the drive-ins and the beginning of popcorn projectile throwing as an art (I still think that should be an Olympic event).

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It Came From Outer Space Review


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It Came from Outer Space... but by way of a long wire lowering it down to Earth.

Almost 50 years ago, this pioneering sci-fi film (Universal's first of many sci-fi flicks, based on Ray Bradbury's story) took a look at the genre that would become unpopular in later years -- instead of working as an anti-communist allegory where the aliens possess wholesome Americans and slowly converted our Great Nation to something awful, we got one of our first looks at aliens as the good guys, and we're the ones messing things up.

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