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Lolita (1962) Review


Excellent
When a character's name enters the language as a general descriptor of a similar person, you know you're dealing with a classic. Lolita is exactly that film -- and the story of one man's obsession with his stepdaughter is so well-known it scarcely requires explanation. If you've never seen the original, you need to, and soon. While it's far too long at over 2 1/2 hours, these characters are so juicy and delicately balanced (this was 1962 and pedophilia was hardly accepted on film) they're a true must-see. Remade in 1997.

A Patch Of Blue Review


Excellent
PIty blind Selina (Elizabeth Hartman). She hasn't been marginalized so much as completely ignored by her family and society. She's a grown woman and yet she's never even been taught how to cross the street. Lucky for her she finds a savior in Gordon (Sidney Poitier), who takes her under his wing and teaches her the basics of getting around in modern society -- though he, of course, can see. A romance develops, but it doesn't go over well in these barely-unsegregated days. Whether this ends in total tragedy or a bittersweet parting is the only real question here (though the ending was altered from the novel) -- but the film is so well-acted and expertly written that you root for them nonetheless. Shelley Winters (inexplicably) won an Oscar for her role as Selina's bigoted mother.

The Portrait Of A Lady Review


Very Good
Jesus, I didn't realize when I went to the movies this morning I was going to have to think!

But seriously, that's what you're going to be doing if you see The Portrait of a Lady -- Jane Campion's follow-up to The Piano, based on Henry James's "classic" novel that you've probably never read. Now, I'm wishing that I had, though, because Portrait is a fantastic movie to watch, exquisitely crafted and painstakingly detailed, gorgeously photographed and full of style -- but it is just plain impossible to follow.

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