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The Second Track, a review by Danae Cassandra

Where We Are: East Germany

What We Watched:

Das zweite GleisOverview:
Filmed in menacing black and white, this rare noir classic from the legendary DEFA Film Studios is the East German answer to Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed's The Third Man. A train station inspector witnesses a robbery, and recognizes one of the thieves - but hides this fact from the authorities. Meanwhile the thief sets his partner after the inspector's daughter, setting in motion an explosive unearthing of dark secrets from the Nazi era.

My Thoughts:
This is a tightly scripted little film noir mystery.  The mystery isn't the usual sort, like a murder or crime, but the mystery of secrets and the past.  Why would a man not identify a man he recognizes as a thief?  What is he hiding, and why?  The film keeps you on the edge, wondering what it is until the reveal, though knowing the background and the years gives one a suspicion of what might be involved.  This is a thought-provoking film, and a film that wrestles with guilt - both the guilt of the individual and society, of what is done and what is not done, and how we cannot escape our guilt by burying it with lies.  Truth needs the light of day to conquer guilt.  Beautifully filmed in black and white, with excellent use of light and shadow, and with an eerie, dissonant soundtrack, Das zweite Gleis stands up nicely with the best film noir, and is recommended for any fans of the genre.

Bechdel Test: Pass

Overall: 4/5

(From Around the World in 86 Movies on November 12th, 2013)

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Elizabethtown, a review by addicted2dvd

     Elizabethtown: Widescreen Edition (2005/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Paramount Home Entertainment (United States)
Director:Cameron Crowe
Writing:Cameron Crowe (Writer)
Length:124 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, English: Dolby Digital: Dolby Surround, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, Spanish

Orlando Bloom as Drew Baylor
Kirsten Dunst as Claire Colburn
Susan Sarandon as Hollie Baylor
Alec Baldwin as Phil DeVoss
Bruce McGill as Bill Banyon

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  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Closed Captioned

My Thoughts:

I found this one to be an entertaining film. Though I did find the humor in it a little dry for my taste. But all the same it has an interesting story. Living here in Kentucky... not far from E-Town it was also fun to see some familiar places and landmarks. And I must this case I think I liked how the movie ended even more so then the entire movie itself. Worth checking out if you never seen it.


(From February Movie Marathon: Romantic Comedies on February 16th, 2017)

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Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon, a review by Tom

03. In The Dark (1999-10-19)
Writer: Joss Whedon (Created By), David Greenwalt (Created By), Douglas Petrie (Writer)
Director: Bruce Seth Green
Cast: David Boreanaz (Angel), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase), Glenn Quinn (Doyle), Seth Green (Oz), James Marsters (Spike), Kevin West (Marcus), Malia Mathis (Rachel), Michael Yavnieli (Lenny), Thomas Rosales Jr. (Manny the Pig), Gilbert Combs (Bouncer), Buck McDancer (Dealer), Jenni Blong (Young Woman)

It's fun to see Oz and Spike in Los Angeles. Sadly there were not many crossovers like this.


(From Tom's Buffy and Angel Marathon on March 14th, 2009)