The Quiet Man

After retiring from boxing, American Sean Thornton returns to Ireland and buys the home where he was born. It’s a town so stereotypically Irish that you almost expect to see actual leprechauns singing at the pub. Sean makes an immediate impression upon the locals, but no one is more impressed than Mary Kate Danaher, a …

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Sunset Boulevard

For anyone young enough to picture the 1950s as one extended Leave it to Beaver episode, I would respectfully refer you to the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard. It’s as dark and twisted as anything we’ve seen in the last sixty years, and it still holds up amazingly well. It’s a dark comedy, a romance, …

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The Wild One

In The Wild One, Marlon Brando was the original “rebel without a cause” (as this film came out a year before James Dean’s film). Brando plays Johnny, the leader of a motorcycle gang, who cruises into a small town with his pack of hooligans and pretty much terrorizes the folks. When a local girl asks …

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The Women (1939)

Mary Haines (Norma Shearer), wife and mother, is basically a saint. She cuddles with her daughter (also named Mary) as they coo over pictures from her honeymoon, explaining how love is different when you are an adult (totally grossing out the kid). Yeah, adult love is different all right. Mary’s Park Avenue friends are already …

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