• It's a Wonderful World

    It's a Wonderful World

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    Hands down one of my least favorite screwballs, filled with forgettable gags and throughly unlikable main characters. We start out with a lame murder mystery plot that becomes a โ€œIt happened one nightโ€ rip-off. While the predecessor basically invented the genre, this one feels like the last hooray of a dying era. (And yes Iโ€™m well aware that screwball ended with Lubitschโ€™s death in โ€˜47 but I suppose Iโ€™m talking about 1930s comedies in particular.) It gathers all the worstโ€ฆ

  • Teen Witch

    Teen Witch

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    This movie is so silly and I had an absolute blast revisiting it! I feel like you'd have to be crazy not to get some enjoyment out of it. I mean, come on, the spells, the overall weirdness, the songs?!? I completely forget this was a semi musical and was pleasantly surprised with some of those raps. (I, of course cheered when the iconic "Top That" scene came on.) Just a good time all around.

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Only Angels Have Wings

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    Welcome to Barranca, Peru. Though high mountains and dangerous weather provide daily challenges for a crew of fearless American mail delivery pilots, itโ€™s the uncertainty of love and death that proves to be the true gauntlet, their ultimate as assured as the result of a coin flip. It is here that Bonnie Lee, a Brooklyn chorus girl, finds herself in a layover, setting the stage for Howard Hawksโ€™s Only Angels Have Wings. Even today, more than eighty years after itsโ€ฆ

  • Alley Cat

    Alley Cat

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    This was a total blast, absolutely love Karin Mani. Sheโ€™s definitely the highlight of the film and Iโ€™m saddened to learn that she doesnโ€™t have many other films besides this one. Absolutely adore her gaudy fashions and amazing karate moves. The scene where sheโ€™s planning revenge at an Arbyโ€™s is incredible, as is the dojo scene. Oh and of course I canโ€™t forget the amazingness of her forcing the rapists to give her money for the pay phone. This was just a great time and I canโ€™t wait to see this again.

  • The Star

    The Star

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    As somewhat excepted, this wasn't very good. Uninspired plotline about a wasted star and her ultimate journey to get back on top. The script itself is fine, there arenโ€™t any real stand out scenes. (Except for the Oscar scene, which has some of the worst writing Iโ€™ve seen from an Old Hollywood film in a long time.) Perhaps there are a few too many corny lines but watching these types of movies all the time you kind of get usedโ€ฆ

  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    I Know Where I'm Going!

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    Powell and Pressburger were some of Englandโ€™s most imaginative filmmakers back in the day, creating several masterpieces during their partnership. Theyโ€™re most remembered for their technicolor features, these radiant, almost magical films where everything seems like a dream. In my opinion, what makes these films so great is the sense of atmosphere. In I know where Iโ€™m going, that dreamy atmosphere is still present, yet it presents itself quite differently compared to their prior work. While taking a more noir-inspiredโ€ฆ

  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

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    There's such a wonderful atmosphere going on in this movie, it's so relaxing and makes me feel all warm and bubbly whenever I think about it. When talking about this film, it's impossible not to mention Whit Stillman's incredible dialogue. It's sharp and witty yet extremely sincere. I would find it hard to believe that he wasn't influenced by Lubitsch in some form. There's so much to appreciate in this and I can't wait to watch it again!

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

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    โ€œSo, they were turning after all, those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately, had enfolded her.โ€

    Sunset Boulevard is perhaps one of the greatest tragedies of all time, a sick parody of ruined fame and aging. Hollywood on Hollywood, if you will. On my third rewatch, I finally realized that this film is not just a noir, but also a tragedy. Norma Desmond is perhapsโ€ฆ

  • A Little Piece of Heaven

    A Little Piece of Heaven

    I believe I had some kind of out-of-body experience watching this, a movie so fucked, it has to be seen to be believed. Friends have been telling me about this movie for over a year, and I thought I was prepared. I wasn't. This movie is just insane, and I think I risk going mad trying to wrap my thoughts around it.
    Truly, evil, stuff. (But then again, who knew evil could be so funny?)

  • The Christmas Tree

    The Christmas Tree

    Possibly my favorite thing...ever?

    I recall stumbling upon this masterpiece when I was about ten and it just blew my mind with how amazingly awful movies could be. With that being said, I used to watch it every christmas because it's awfulness enchanted me so much. I had't watched this for a few years so I was kinda worried it wouldn't be as funny anymore, but nope! The second that smug narrator starts speaking I was instantly transported back toโ€ฆ

  • The Gang's All Here

    The Gang's All Here

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    Good stuff!

    Iffy plot but wonderful to see Berkeley's visions in Technicolor. Though, I gotta say, that ending is so fucking weird I almost immediately broke out into HYSTERICAL laughter. I'm going to be thinking about Eugene Pallette's floating head for a while.

  • Desert Fury

    Desert Fury

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    This is considered a technicolor noir in the desert but honestly didn't really see the noir elements. I mean sure there's casinos and gunfights but besides that it more reminded me of a Douglas Sirk film except not as good.

    There's some stuff to like here, though. The technicolor is wonderful and at parts the look of the film was reminiscent of Leave Her To Heaven, which is nothing short of a compliment if you ask me. There's a goodโ€ฆ