Choice picks, penchants, and caprices from a devoted lover of 20th Century movies
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
"Ace in the Hole" (1951)
Billy Wilder's trenchant story of an amoral reporter (Kirk Douglas) who'll do anything to exploit his latest human interest story (how's this for timeliness: a miner trapped underground). The media run amok, fame, hype, our national pastime for manufactured 'news'...it's all here and skewered with a gimlet eye. A bomb on it's first release, amazingly prescient now.