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Spencer Tracy

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On October 9, 2011
Edward Copeland: I don’t know what to say about Tracy. Katharine Hepburn once compared him to a potato (she meant it as a compliment), and that’s pretty apt. He’s solid and meaty. He’s there. But he’s not very exciting. There’s a case to be made...

Qwikster?

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On September 19, 2011

Like a lot of people, I am perplexed by Netflix splitting its home-delivery service from its online service: Which raises the question: What is Reed Hastings smoking? As far as.

Robert Ryan

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On August 6, 2011

A great piece on the wonderful Robert Ryan, one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood history. I was actually thinking of writing a series of posts on Ryan myself,.

Out of Sight

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On July 21, 2011
Excellent essay at Only the Cinema on Out of Sight, clearly Soderbergh's best film (though a strong case can be made for The Limey) and one of the most entertaining films of the last 20 years.

On Netflix

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On July 20, 2011

The Netflix price spike annoys me as much as everyone else. I don't mind paying for my films, and indeed I do, but the combination of the on-demand and mail.

Edward Copeland with an absolutely fantastic discussion of Hitchcock's superb Strangers on a Train, especially Robert Walker's titanic work as the uber-creepy Bruno. Copeland concludes: Finally, there's the climax on the merry-go-round, one of the most exciting Hitchcock filmed, but there's a moment many might...

Mr. Potter!

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On June 21, 2011

Interesting... Meanwhile, opinions about Henry Potter’s character have changed over the years. In light of the housing-market crisis, the fiscally responsible banker may not have been such a bad guy.

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