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Marcella Hazan's Roast Chicken with 2 Lemons.. Simple & Delicious

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Marcella Hazan's Roast Chicken with 2 Lemons.. Simple & Delicious

I AM THE LAW (1938, directed by Alexander Hall, for Columbia). In the novel Myra Breckinridge, Gore Vidal wrote that every Hollywood movie of the '30s and '40s was important. I would tend to agree, because even the most routine programmer-potboilers like this low-rent, cliche-ridden Edward G. Robinson vehicle has style, craftsmanship and a blazing star performance that makes it fun. (KevinR@Ky)

I AM THE LAW (1938, directed by Alexander Hall, for Columbia). In the novel Myra Breckinridge, Gore Vidal wrote that every Hollywood movie of the '30s and '40s was important. I would tend to agree, because even the most routine programmer-potboilers like this low-rent, cliche-ridden Edward G. Robinson vehicle has style, craftsmanship and a blazing star performance that makes it fun. (KevinR@Ky)

DEAD RECKONING (1947, directed by John Cromwell, for Columbia). It starts in the rain in the dark in a sub-tropical Gulf city, and with a Rembrandt-lit church confessional. Bogie and a pal are G.I.'s back from the war; the latter disappears and Bogie's curiosity draws out sketchy goons and a dangerous femme fatale. A quintessential '40s noir, and a longtime favorite, with a snaky plot, first-person voiceover, flashbacks aplenty and black-black cinematography; it's a thing of beauty…

DEAD RECKONING (1947, directed by John Cromwell, for Columbia). It starts in the rain in the dark in a sub-tropical Gulf city, and with a Rembrandt-lit church confessional. Bogie and a pal are G.I.'s back from the war; the latter disappears and Bogie's curiosity draws out sketchy goons and a dangerous femme fatale. A quintessential '40s noir, and a longtime favorite, with a snaky plot, first-person voiceover, flashbacks aplenty and black-black cinematography; it's a thing of beauty…

Writers need to choose the best words. And sometimes the best choice is no words need to be spoken.

TOPKAPI (1964, directed by Jules Dassin). A lost treasure about stolen treasure, this Istanbul jewel heist flick is by the man who invented the form with Rififi in 1955. Dassin said F-you to the McCarthy blacklist, went abroad and made many Euro classics like this, which among its embarrassments of riches has BOTH Robert Morley AND Peter Ustinov, beloved chubby Brit comic sophisticates. Rich in character and delicious buildup, unlike today's fare. (FYI, it's pronounced Top Copy). (KevinR@Ky)

TOPKAPI (1964, directed by Jules Dassin). A lost treasure about stolen treasure, this Istanbul jewel heist flick is by the man who invented the form with Rififi in 1955. Dassin said F-you to the McCarthy blacklist, went abroad and made many Euro classics like this, which among its embarrassments of riches has BOTH Robert Morley AND Peter Ustinov, beloved chubby Brit comic sophisticates. Rich in character and delicious buildup, unlike today's fare. (FYI, it's pronounced Top Copy). (KevinR@Ky)

SHIP AHOY, 1942, MGM. A forgotten musical, possibly partly due to the groaner lyrics sung here by Burt Lahr (yes, The Cowardly Lion man) and Red Skelton, but the interest here is ELEANOR POWELL's dancing and her interaction with Buddy Rich the drummer. They nail the drumstick thing at the end.

SHIP AHOY, 1942, MGM. A forgotten musical, possibly partly due to the groaner lyrics sung here by Burt Lahr (yes, The Cowardly Lion man) and Red Skelton, but the interest here is ELEANOR POWELL's dancing and her interaction with Buddy Rich the drummer. They nail the drumstick thing at the end.

LAST ORDERS (2001, Britain; directed by Fred Schepisi). Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone: As fine a cast as has ever been assembled in our time for a movie; this film is an incredibly moving drama of longtime friends paying homage to a newly departed pal while carrying his ashes to his final resting place. Why, why, why, would you bombard yourself with mindless CGI crap when something like this blasts your soul? (KevinR@Ky)

LAST ORDERS (2001, Britain; directed by Fred Schepisi). Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, David Hemmings, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Ray Winstone: As fine a cast as has ever been assembled in our time for a movie; this film is an incredibly moving drama of longtime friends paying homage to a newly departed pal while carrying his ashes to his final resting place. Why, why, why, would you bombard yourself with mindless CGI crap when something like this blasts your soul? (KevinR@Ky)

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