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  • The Seventh Victim

    The Seventh Victim

    ★★★½

    So that room Jacqueline rents pretty much takes Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up to its inevitable conclusion.

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★½

    I can completely understand why this movie is lauded but it is not for me.

    Here's some thoughts I had while watching this film:

    - Wow, donkeys are real furry when they are young.

    - So is that the sick girl? Is she dead? Wouldn't they be more upset if she was dead?

    - So everyone's grown up now and there's the whip. And there's the donkey.

    - Oh, they're hitting the donkey. I wonder how they filmed that.

    -…

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  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★½

    Genuinely liked it, maybe because I don't know whether I've see a musical that focuses on relationships between men. Here it's three war buddies meeting up 10 years later and realizing that they have nothing in common.

    While there aren't that many musical numbers, there is a great one with Kelly on roller skates. Kelly is fairly charming here too. I sometimes find him smug but only in musicals for some reason. Helps that Charisse is given a personality and is pretty charming herself. So they play well off each other.

    Pretty decent for a movie I had no idea existed two hours ago.

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    ★★½

    Part 60s variety show, part bloated whale -- when I first saw this as a teen I was looking forward to a spectacle, and I suppose that's what it was. But I was underwhelmed. Years later I know what to expect, so when this came on the TV and I realized I didn't have to move for 3 hours (which honestly is a common pandemic occurrence), I decided not to change the channel and see if this was any better.…

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★

    Yes, it plays like a Public Service Announcement for Middle America ca. 1967, but it is a beautifully acted Public Service Announcement.

    No, it hasn't dated that well, but when Tracy gives the speech at the end, and there's Katherine Hepburn looking on, eyes overflowing with tears, knowing that this will be Tracy's last moment on screen ... well it's one of those moments where the weight of what was happening outside the movie was greater than what was going on in the movie.

    And I'm not ashamed to admit, it kind of wrecked me.

  • The Naked Kiss

    The Naked Kiss

    ★★★★

    Kinda feel dumb for believing for a couple of minutes that Kelly was actually a traveling champagne saleswoman.