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  • Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind

    ★★★½

    Not really what I was expecting. As many have noted, especially lately, the romanticizing of the Old South is truly stomach turning but is thankfully at its worst mostly at the beginning of the film (though the constant infantilizing of the black characters [other than Mammy] never gets better). But while I knew that was coming, I did not appreciate how truly unlikable the character of Scarlett O'Hara would be. The film/story seems to understand this, yet strangely also seems…

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    ★★★½

    Glad to have crossed another Miyazaki off the list! Spirited Away is in my personal top 10 so hard for anything to live up to that, but this was absolutely a great time even if it doesn't get quite into the strata of Princess Mononoke or Howl's Moving Castle. It's hard not to love Lupin, and he quickly becomes a fully realized character, but the surrounding cast really never fills out into substantive entities. This is especially true for the…

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★½

    Really wanted to come away loving this movie but ultimately only liked it. I think the biggest blow was really just how high my expectations were raised by the trailer. But while the film does raise all the issues presented in the trailer, it felt like it really didn’t interrogate them any deeper than the scenes that are shown in the trailer. In particular the explanation for not telling the grandmother her diagnosis always seemed to be ‘you don’t understand’…

  • Gentleman's Agreement

    Gentleman's Agreement

    ★★★

    This film was a bit of a roller coaster for me in terms of my appreciation of it. It probably didn't feel quite this way at the time, but to modern audiences, the first half can only come across as some of the most heavy handed moralizing that you'll see in a movie (in this case re: antisemitism). The second half actually gives you something to think about as it probes the complicity of the "enlightened," not unlike the same…