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  • Blue Hawaii

    Blue Hawaii


    As I continue my Elvis binge I have to say this is one of those movies where the star rating is useless. This movie is a five star movie in every sense except for the actual way I use the ratings to sort films.

    Hmmm let's see...

    "Do you think you can handle a teacher and four teenage girls?"

    "I'm afraid Miss Duvall doesn't realize how well oiled I've kept my machinery."

    Apparently Elvis got super into karate while he…

  • Elvis: That's the Way It Is

    Elvis: That's the Way It Is


    There's a moment in the movie when Elvis is talking to some background singers who are all black women. The conversation is pretty normal, it's them discussing why a particular band member is no longer around. It struck me that I had heard a lot of very passionate opinions regarding Elvis' relationship to black music but very little in terms of his actual views on race. So off to Wikipedia I went and subsequent readings followed. On a personal level,…

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  • Midsommar



    If the whole thing with the parents and the sister at the beginning had been cut out, how would the plot be different in any sense? If that sequence where she exhales a black cloud of smoke were cut out, how would that change the film at all? If you've just witnessed a group of people commit a violent act, would you really sneak in and take pictures when you were expressly forbidden to do so previously? Or what about…

  • Jailhouse Rock

    Jailhouse Rock


    Yo you can say these Elvis movies are just fluff to fill out his media empire, but honestly I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Elvis is way more on point in this than Viva Las Vegas. It's somewhat marred by the lackluster technical effort during the musical sequences, it would be edging toward greatness otherwise. I think it's also that Elvis is just not quite there as an actor. He's tantalizingly close though. I loved his character being a defiant hot…