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The Set-Up

1949 / 73m - USA
Crime, Sport
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As far as film-noirs go, I seem to prefer the shorter, limited location films. The Set-Up may be quite basic, but that's exactly what makes it fun to follow. No elaborate setups that don't really pan out, no long list of uninteresting twists, no unnecessary fat. Just a bare-bones skeleton and plenty of atmosphere.

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Stoker is a boxer who is hoping to get his big break, though it never seems to be happening for him. Until one night, when he finally dominates his adversary in the ring. The only problem is that he's supposed to be throwing the match. When Stoker doesn't want to go down, it's going to cost him dearly.

Performances are decent, the tension is tangible and the stark black and white cinematography feels appropriate. The short runtime makes sure the film never gets boring, even though the pacing is quite slow (pretty much real-time). The ending is a bit bland, but otherwise not a bad film.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951 / 92m - USA
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One of the big sci-fi classics. I'd already watched the remake with Keanu Reeves, which wasn't all that great. I didn't expect this one to be any better to be honest, but I did hope for a bit more oldskool sci-fi cheese. There's a little of that here, but not enough to entertain for the entire runtime.

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The plot is pretty simple. Aliens are visiting our planet and making a grand entrance. Conveniently, they look exactly like regular people, and they speak our language. They come with a warning, telling us to stop fighting among ourselves. If not, they'll step in and take matters into their own hands.

The beginning and end of the film are quite cute, the middle part on the other hand is too dull and stretched out. The moralistic story is pretty childish, performances are weak and the film's too serious for its own good. Would've liked this a lot better if Wise had gone all in on the camp, sadly that wasn't in the cards.

The Magnificent Ambersons

1942 / 88m - USA
Drama, Romance
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The Sound of Music

1965 / 172m - USA
Musical, Romance
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West Side Story

1961 / 153m - USA
Crime, Musical, Romance
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