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Movies Prior to 1980

Citizen Kane

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What many people believe to be the best movie of all time.  I thought this movie was pretty good.  It kept you guessing the whole movie,  an odd sort of mystery story.  The only thing that I didn't like is that you were always thinking that the term Rosebud would be something a little more interesting.  But that is what made the movie so intriguing.  People are trying so hard to figure out C.F. Kane and the man that he was that something as small as Rosebud in his prosperous life seems almost uninteresting to people that may be concerned.  An excellent movie.

It's A Wonderful Life

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Just an amazing film.  Not much else to say about it than that.  Jimmy Stewart in yet another great performance.  This film sort of takes a turn about three quarters of the way through and never looks back.  This is not just the normal Christmas movie.  It is just a Christmas movie at the end, it is a movie about hope and seeing how wonderful life it when how wonderful it is isn't looking you in the face.  One of the most original pieces that has been copied over and over.

Doctor Zhivago

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I thought that this was a pretty good tale about a man who is married and he falls in love with a woman who in turn falls for him.  This is a story about a poet who even though you don't really see too much of the poetry, he is supposed to be a great poet that is shut down by the government.  This love story takes place during a revolution and this revolution separates Zhivago from his family and lover many times.  A good tale but a little long at times, the music is wonderful as in a lot of the long great classics.  Overall Rating: 8.0

Being There

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I thought that this movie was funny but in a very mature way.  It is not the type of comedy that many people really enjoy but it is still a very funny comedy.  This story is about a man who is illiterate and is never allowed to leave his house.  I would assume that he is in his thirties or fourties and he worked at his own house as a gardner.  The way that people mistake his ideas is not too hard to believe but just enough.  I thought that the actor did a great job acting in such a monotone way the whole movie.  I thought how lucky he was just was enough, not too much not too little. Overall Rating: 7.3

Slap Shot

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This movie was absolutely hysterical.  It stopped from falling into the normal clichés of a bad team that comes back to win the championship.  It is a funny movie about a team that draws fans for its aggressivesness on the ice.  The three dorks who end up being great fighters are the key to the movie.  When they start playing this movie will make you fall out of your chair.  I was a little skeptical about Paul Newman being very funny but I found that he is not the funny one, it is his surrounding teammates. Overall Rating: 7.9

The 39 Steps

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I thought that this just adds to the list of Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces.  I think that this movie is brilliant because it reveals just enough to have you keep watching.  It is a story of a man eluding the law to find why his acquintance was murdered in his home.  To do this he must find out what secret is being smuggled out of the country and why.  Only the end of the movie answers the questions that you sit there wondering about, what is the 39 steps?  Overall Rating: 8.1

Harvey

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I think that this is an outstanding movie.  It sort of reminds me of a Forrest Gump type movie.  Jimmy Stewart just plays a character that just makes you feel good.  I love how this movie sort of leaves you to assume if Jimmy Stewart is actually crazy or maybe we are all crazy.  But the best thing about this movie is how it shows how someone should live their life, being happy.  And sometimes you need to get away from reality to be happy because the world can get confusing.  A movie like this can take you to that place.  Overall Rating:  9.2

Duck Soup

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This movie was pretty funny considering that it was made 70 years ago.  Many of these sort of jokes have been used in many movies and sitcoms over the past 70 years.  Groucho Marx's comedy reminds me a lot of early day Chevy Chase.  He sort of says things that nobody but the audience really picks up on.  I think that Chevy Chase took it a step further as the things that he said sometimes the viewers wouldn't even pick up on the first time through. 

The Time Machine

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This is the classic tale of a man who builds a time machine and goes into the future to see what the world will become, after going so far he finds that the world has taken many steps backwards.  I found that I liked this story better then the newer remade version.  The remade version turned was wrapped around a love story and not curiosity.  Then when they did go to the future all the characters seemed much more like humans today than the people in this movie.  I really liked the ending how the scientist decides to go back for his love and to help set up a new civilization in the future.  Overall Rating: 7.8

Animal House

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This is the classic movie about college and fraternities. Belushi is a classic in this film and this is just a feel good do anything movie. This is one of the movies that you can watch over and over. This movie also has great oldies music that adds to the mood. The best scene is probably the scene with the horse or Belushi's speech. Overall Rating: 8.1

Strangers on a Train

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The master of suspense does it again.  This time in awesome fashion.  I found this movie to be very interesting especially because it is something that is completely unavoidable if someone were to do this to you.  I thought that the actor playing Bruno did a tremendous job and this movie builds up greatly at the end.  The thing about Hitchcock is that you are never sure how the movie is going to end, in this case it ends on a good note but in other cases their is sometimes something shocking that occurs.  Overall Rating: 9.2

Stalag 17

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I really enjoyed this movie.  I thought that it put a good mix of comedy and suspense.  I thought that it kept you very interested and did not show a difference in the age of the movie.  I watched it with a friend who doesn't really like old movies at all and after about 10 minutes he commented that this movie seemed pretty good.  The characters are defined well with different personalities which is rare in many old movies.  Overall Rating: 8.1

Network

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I thought that this movie wasn't bad.  It sort of reminded me of Quiz Show only I thought that Quiz show was much better.  This is a movie about the television industry and what is behind the industry.  This movie shows in a very serious matter how people decide what goes on and doesn't go on the television.  I really thought the ending in a way was almost comical because you would think that if the industry was going to commit a murder they would plan it a little bit more.  I think it just shows how important making a profit really is. Overall Rating: 7.8