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PIG (Michael Sarnoski) Score 65%

PIG (Michael Sarnoski)

The movie is Rob and Amir’s quest to find our porcine scene-stealer, but it is also a comment on the ruthlessness of the restaurant business and, without being antithetical, the sensuality of food. Sarnoski shoots  the cooking and degustation scenes like he was directing “Babette’s Feast” – the poring of red wine into a red wine glass has a visual and aural sensation that is well, delicious.

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DODSWORTH (1936)

However, as sometimes happens in a Wyler movie, the film ultimately belongs to the ladies. Mary Astor, playing a character a little older than she was at the time, gives a beautiful understated performance, possibly the best of her long career. Meanwhile, Ruth Chatterton is phenomenal. In 1936 she was forty four her popularity on the decline. Her character is almost too close to the bone for comfort. In fact, I’m not sure if any movie or any actress has captured the dread of aging with such power and precision.

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