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  • Down to Earth

    Down to Earth

    ★★★★★

    You know what? Perfect movie. It best displays Rita’s range, both in comedy and drama and styles of dance. EEH and James Gleason are there. It is my absolute favorite Jean Louis/Hayworth collaboration. I love it. 

    It’s what I would want anyone to watch who has only seen Gilda.

  • The Loves of Carmen

    The Loves of Carmen

    Okay, so I am developing a pocket theory that Rita’s lipstick is done differently here than in Gilda and my theory is that Bob Schiffer was not on this set and so her lips look like they are a totally different shape than the one I usually think of for her.  

    I will be doing more research on this.

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  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★★½

    This is the last time Republicans were this hot.

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    ★★★★½

    Alan J. Pakula, but examining the rot left behind by Reagan. 

    At least on this viewing, I was struck by the divisions between urban, suburban and rural communities and the ways that Billot can and can’t move through them. His accent dropping in and out. The ways his house is updated and transformed throughout the film reminded me a lot of the house I grew up in, in the suburbs, where my dad worked in the city and we were…