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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    I definitely won't be saying anything new about Halloween, I feel as if it is one of those horror films that has been extensively written about, and especially any of the observations I'll have made on this first watch, which will inevitably be fairly surface level, will not be anything that has not been said before. But this movie made me feel a lot of intense feelings (as intended!) and I wanna talk about this movie's representation of bodies and…

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  • Edward II

    Edward II

    I am of two minds when it comes to Edward II. Depending on which context I prioritize, I have a different opinion on the film.

    I watched this film for a class where we are reading plays of the 16th and early 17th century that were written by Shakespeare's peers, but not by the Bard himself. This means I have read Christopher Marlowe's original play about the deposition and murder of Edward II, along with having read a thought provoking…

  • Dance, Girl, Dance

    Dance, Girl, Dance

    ★★★

    Rewatching this after having seen more of Maureen O'Hara's performances was nice, especially now that I've come to like her a lot as an actress and prefer her in more feisty roles. This was very early into her movie career (her Hollywood debut was just two films previous) so I assume RKO was likely still figuring out how to properly cast her, and I think she is miscast in this role, as Judy O'Brien is extremely demure and I personally…

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    ½

    There is a throwaway line in Hollywood where Ernie, hoping the film he's starred in will win Best Sound Editing, is frustrated when that Oscar actually goes to Body and Soul. He calls Body and Soul "that piece of shit".

    Hollywood is built around self congratulatory masturbation for its creators. Lord knows how proud Ryan Murphy must be for rewriting Hollywood history in an attempt to give a voice to Black men and women, Asian-American women, and gay men who…

  • Big Deal on Madonna Street

    Big Deal on Madonna Street

    ★★★★

    Marcello Mastroianni and his son. Marcello Mastroianni and his wife. Marcello Mastroianni and his beret. Marcello Mastroianni.