Jim Gibson

miscreant; overly generous with my likes. (4.5-5⭐️ if I absolutely love, 0.5-1⭐️ if I despise; otherwise, ❤️ or no heart).

Favorite films

  • Shampoo
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Phantom of the Paradise

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  • Blessed Event

  • Life Itself

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  • Susan Slept Here

  • What Have You Done to Solange?

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  • Blessed Event

    Blessed Event

    Pre-code Lee Tracy was a force of nature, his facility with rapid-fire dialogue making Robin Williams seem like he was on Quaaludes. This one is particularly fun: he’s a Winchell-type gossip columnist who makes powerful enemies out of a big gangster and a smarmy Bing Crosby type crooner played to smug perfection by Dick Powell. And if you’re an Allen Jenkins fan, he has some great scenes in this, too.

  • Susan Slept Here

    Susan Slept Here

    If you can get past the “ick” factor (the whole plot revolves around pushing-50 screenwriter Dick Powell getting romantically entangled with a 17-year old girl played by Debbie Reynolds, though great pains are taken to ensure Powell is the one whose intentions are totally chaste), there’s actually a lot to like. One of Frank Tashlin’s earliest feature films and shot in eye-popping Technicolor, it showcases his first real full-throttle display of the stylized aesthetic he’s famous for, incorporating elements brought…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    There’s an embargo, which I will respect. But I don’t think there’s an embargo on me saying it’s absolutely fucking delightful.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    I don’t know what to tell you. I really like the dude’s whole vibe: his style, his framing, the unsettling atmosphere and detachedly off-kilter POV he brings to the table in both this and Jackie. No one’s making movies quite like this. And K-Stew gives one of the only American-doing-Brit performances that didn’t make me cringe. She’s the real deal.