Michele Rosenthal

Michele Rosenthal

Illustrator by trade, blogger of Criterion fan art by compulsion

Favorite films

  • Ghost World
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • His Girl Friday

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  • Gravity

    ★★★★

  • Striptease

    ★★★½

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★½

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★

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  • Striptease

    Striptease

    ★★★½

    I'm not sure why everyone hates this movie. I don't mind a weird mash-up of genres, and between the snappy dialogue, Burt Reynolds going all out, and Demi stripping to Annie Lennox, I had a good time.

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★½

    I find it really interesting the way Assayas builds a movie around a theme rather than a plot. That being said, this one didn't grab me as much as Summer Hours. I wonder if I'll feel differently if I rewatch it at age 50.

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  • Across the Universe

    Across the Universe

    A good movie to watch when you're in the mood to hate the Beatles.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I know everyone is desperate to feel beauty in their lives right now, but I found this movie shallow in the extreme. I was offended by the entire premise the moment a soul was designated "manipulative megalomaniac" before birth, and offended again when the mentors were just a list of famous people.

    I also can't stop thinking about how easy it would have been to cast a Black actress instead of Tina Fey.

    One thing I did appreciate is Pixar…