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  • The Reptile

    The Reptile

    I have a deep secret that I've never told anyone before: because of a familial curse, I sometimes turn into a murderous snake woman who bites her neighbours to death. Jacqueline Pearce's character in this Hammer horror picture is probably the truest, most affirming representation of what it's like to be a snake woman I know. The movie is also successful as a slow-burn chiller, with compelling period atmosphere, fine performances, and an indelible monster design. A cosy movie to watch when you wake up in the middle of the night with irritated dry skin—at least they're not snake woman bites!

  • Annie Oakley

    Annie Oakley

    A staid circus picture and po-faced biopic made not undiverting but nothing more by the promise of Barbara Stanwyck occasionally being in cowgal clothes and giving you gay feelings ("Gosh, isn't he pretty.") The picture can't imagine that Annie Oakley ever had any character motivation that wasn't a desire to be with her future husband. That future husband (Preston Foster) goes to wild depths to not communicate properly in the final third so to secure some implausible semblance of hapless…

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  • What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City

    A woman's skirt shoots up when she walks under the gushing air of a sidewalk grate, fifty-four years before Marilyn's iconic performance in The Seven Year Itch. Only today have I learned the historical significance of this film's title. Why does it happen on Twenty-Third Street? The answer can be found by pairing this film with the 1903 actuality At the Foot of the Flatiron, in which pedestrians clutch their hats and skirts on a windy day on the corner…

  • I Love Melvin

    I Love Melvin

    One of the 50 best films in the history of cinema. Starstruck gal Debbie Reynolds wants to be on the cover of Look magazine — paging Dr. Laura Mulvey? — and apprentice photographer Donald O'Connor promises he'll help. Perfectly trifling, then, but what's remarkable here isn't the what but the how. Its wide-eyed stars direct off Singin' in the Rain (which O'Connor knowingly references with a lamppost leap), the dance numbers here rank among the most creative ever made for…