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Movie Review: Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992)

This movie is currently #68 on the AFI top 100 list.

For those of you that haven't seen this movie, here is a summary. Clint Eastwood plays William Munny, a man who in his younger days killed all sorts of people, committed a multitude of crimes, was perpetually drunk, and mistreated animals. It turns out that sometime later, he meets a woman who is virtuous and kind. Against her family's wishes, she gets married to the nefarious Mr. Munny. We never learn why she did or even meet her. When the movie starts she is dead.

Two years later, Munny is a pig farmer raising two kids by himself.

He isn't very good at the pig stuff, but he does try to raise his kids to always remember their mother. He frequently tells them what he used to be like and always credits her for the changes in his life. A young gent approaches him while he is separating sick pigs and he offers him 50% of a reward if Munny will strap back on his gun and help him kill two cowboys that cut up a prostitute. Mu…

Movie Review: Peter Chelsom's Shall We Dance (2004)

Richard Gere plays an overworked estate attorney. After your loved one dies, he makes sure all the papers are signed and all the "i's" are dotted. Gere is bored of his life. He and his wife pass like two tumbleweeds, each running to an endless series of work and school-related meetings. One night while riding home on the metro, he looks up and sees J.Lo looking forlornly out the window. Enraptured by her face, he continues this stalker-like behavior until he gets the guts to go into her dance studio and sign up for ballroom dancing lessons.

It turns out that J.Lo is the assistant at Madame Mitzi's School of Dance. He and two other guys, Vern (Omar Benson Miller), who hopes to impress his girlfriend, and Chic, who wants a girlfriend (or so he says), take lessons from Madame Mitzi herself. He begins to enjoy the dancing and feels more alive. Even his daughter starts noticing a change in him.

A predictable plot unfolds. Gere becomes a fabulous dancer; he considers chea…