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16. Watch a movie that stars one of your favorite actors
The early scene with Alexander Skarsgard was shocking to say the least. Did he know or was he fooling himself about Clare's ethnicity? Delusional thinking and denial runs deep in Passing, with only truth-telling Irene seeing things clearly (even she has her blind spots). Irene seemed both envious and admiring of Clare, but also aware that her happiness was not to last.
Ruth Negga's performance as "passing"…
49. Featuring Christopher Lee
Despite having some great names involved--Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, with an Edgar Allen Poe short story as a springboard--the Oblong Box is a rather hammy production. The villain, Sir Edward, who is really a victim of his brother's duplicity, runs around in a red pullover mask that is unintentionally comical. The female leads are too young and buxom, lending the movie a parody feel. The voodoo-colonial angle is an interesting one. The revenge plot is intriguing, just not very well executed.
6th Letterboxd challenge
15. a previously unseen miniseries--Ep. 1
A bleak portrayal of small town Pennsylvania life through the eyes of a world weary detective, Mare Of Easttown doesn't really draw you in like it should. Somehow the first episode was lacking dramatic tension. Kate Winslet does some strong acting as pragmatic Mare, but the plot feels like it's been pulled from a dozen police procedurals. Not the worst of its kind, but missing that spark that keeps you watching.
35. Directed by a woman
I admit I've watched Girl Walks Home before, so not a fresh watch for this challenge, but it's an absolutely superb piece of cinema by Ana Lily Amirpour. Sheila Vand is completely beguiling as antihero vampire the Girl, and the black and white downbeat style recalls both Jim Jarmusch and old classic Hollywood Universal monster movies. You feel both sympathy and dread when the Girl takes the screen, her victims chosen carefully with very little dialogue, and the romance elements are played so well with 80s music as a backdrop. Just a perfect film.