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  • Nacho Libre

    Nacho Libre

    ★★★★

    Fun times with my church ladies' group watching this. What, it's religious! I had never seen it before, though I was one of the few. It's such a bizarre movie to actually exist - it's hilarious, but I sure would've liked to have been in the pitch meeting for it.

    Here's how it entered my Flickchart:

    Nacho Libre > Crack-Up
    Nacho Libre < Barton Fink
    Nacho Libre > What’s Up Lovely
    Nacho Libre > The Lord of the Rings (1978)
    Nacho Libre < Tucker and…

  • Black Legion

    Black Legion

    ★★★★

    Early Bogart has him as a factory worker passed over for promotion in favor of a younger man with Polish heritage, and his bitterness leaves him wide open for recruitment into a KKK-adjacent anti-immigrant organization called the Black Legion. It's kind of scary how similar some of the rhetoric is here to some modern-day anti-immigrant talk. I'd never heard of this before, but it's quite good, and Bogart gives a great performance. Ripe for rediscovery.

    Here's how it entered my…

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  • The Black Imp

    The Black Imp

    ★★★

    Word to the wise, do NOT stay in an inn in a Melies film. Just don't do it. They're haunted 100% of the time. Even though these are pretty much all repeats of his earlier films, I still find them pretty funny and tend to give them a pass. This one gets an extra half star for the gag with the duplicating chairs, which I haven't seen before and was paced really effectively.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Brought Karina to see this; she’s seen it many times at home and is a big Star Wars fan, so this was a treat for both of us (I hadn’t seen it on a big screen before either). She was a champ, waiting in the standby line for two hours, and staying awake for the whole movie, which started after her normal bedtime. She thought the discussion with Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Richard Edlund (sound and visual effects for…