Favorite films

  • Raising Arizona
  • It Felt Like a Kiss
  • Starcrash
  • The Whole Shootin' Match

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  • Alison's Birthday

  • The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

  • Cat People

    ★★★★★

  • Death Game

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    I was hootin' and hollerin' like I was watching a Wayans parody of this (I haven't seen the Wayans parody of this). I hear the twist to this series is Anastasia has to "cure" Grey of his kink, which is a shame because it seemed like they were setting up that she was going to discover she preferred being a dom or something less conservative. Aggressively silly, I'm surprised this hasn't been reclaimed by camp afficianados.

  • Five Fingers of Death

    Five Fingers of Death

    ★★★★

    From the new book
    These Fists Break Bricks
    by Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali:
    "On the promotional circuit for her new movie, Paper Moon, a reporter asked ten year-old Tatum O'Neal to name her favorite film.

    'Five Fingers of Death!' she gleefully cheered."

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  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    Fiddling with the aerial doesn't always make the signal more clear. The cat is both dead and not dead (Clive understands the dead cat, but not the math). The man in the prologue is or isn't a dybbuk. The bookends suggest an unbroken cycle that may or may not relate to what characters have and haven't done. "Accept the mystery."

    Rabbi Nachtner: "We can't know everything."
    Larry Gopnik: "It sounds like you don't know anything! Why even tell me this…

  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    ★★★★

    Jean-Pierre Leaud failing to look cool while flipping a cigarette up into his mouth, failing to find the right way to express his feelings, failing to engage in philosophy or poetry beyond laundromat soliloquies and record-your-own-record booths, failing to engage with politics beyond graffiti slogans and condescending interviews conducted with young women, failing to impress the projectionist with his knowledge of aspect ratios, and failing to impress anyone with his whistling.