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  • Primrose Path

    Primrose Path

    I never knew Joel McCrea had the capacity to be unlikable, but he sure proves it in this film. It's a part of his character growth, I guess..... but anyone who treats Ginger Rogers like that doesn't deserve a happy ending!

  • The Stepford Wives

    The Stepford Wives

    This was played to perfection. Katharine Ross' serious performance mixed with the campness of everyone else— I'm obsessed!!

  • The Impatient Years

    The Impatient Years

    ★★

    You know the Meet Joe Black clip that goes viral every five months.... that is what this movie feels like for one hour and thirty minutes straight.

  • Down to Earth

    Down to Earth

    "Mr. Jordan, at least let me cry."
    "You can't anymore. Tears are only for mortals. It's an advantage they have over us."

    I kept calling Rita Hayworth a goddess all these years, and now HERE SHE IS, proving us all right. A literal goddess 💕

  • The Winning of Barbara Worth

    The Winning of Barbara Worth

    A great silent film with gorgeous use of color and set pieces. I loved Vilma Bánky and Ronald Colman together, and Gary Cooper at 25 still manages to somehow look 40 years old.

    Does anyone else find it disconcerting when modern soundtracks for silent films include laugh tracks? They're not even laugh tracks, exactly, just one or two omniscient voices echoing through the music. It's so eerie.

  • The Whole Town's Talking

    The Whole Town's Talking

    ★★½

    Lacking in a lot of comedy, but I did get a good chuckle out of seeing Edward G. Robinson refuse a cigar offer by insisting he doesn't smoke. Edward! G! Robinson!!! The man who has a cigar glued to the corner of his mouth in all his film roles!! I love when old hollywood gets self-referential.

  • Conversation Piece

    Conversation Piece

    Burt Lancaster in this film and Jennifer Lawrence in mother! both capture that very specific feeling of anxiety around aggressive strangers showing up unannounced and overtaking their homes.

  • The Pride of the Yankees

    The Pride of the Yankees

    What a great role for Gary Cooper! Even if it is sort of funny to see a 41-year-old Cooper play a college-aged boy, he still manages to capture some signature boyish charm, and I think this is the best dramatic performance I've seen from him (which isn't exactly a high bar, I know 😭). He and Teresa Wright are so warm together; there's a scene where they're throwing roses at each other and laughing and fighting, and it just feels so sincere.

    The pacing of this film is kinda horrendous though, but fortunately the heartbreaking final act makes up for it!

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★★

    Felt like my heart was going to burst while watching the travelling stills montage 🥰🥰🥰

  • The Wedding Night

    The Wedding Night

    ★★

    I only really knew about Anna Sten through Cole Porter’s "Anything Goes" (🎵When Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction / Instruct Anna Sten in diction🎵), and I can’t say that this first film I’ve seen has warmed me up to her much (through no fault of her own!). An unconvincing romance with Gary Cooper, the racism, and Ralph Bellamy’s awful polish accent made this difficult to watch.

  • The Brothers Rico

    The Brothers Rico

    There are so many faces to remember here, characters with fleeting scenes and names, but it never feels too overwhelming. The characterization is genuinely strong, and I loved that the women felt like real people too, even though they’re relegated to the typical wife/mother roles. This film feels like the closest Old Hollywood ever got to The Godfather, but it’s just so obvious how much the code hinders the ending, taking the fatalism of the story to an abrupt and corny conclusion. Still, it's a really enjoyable noir in Columbia’s great 50s collection!

  • The More the Merrier

    The More the Merrier

    ★★★★

    Currently high on all the yearning and the soft lighting and the one-take conversations and Joel McCrea gently caressing Jean Arthur’s shoulders and Jean Arthur grabbing Joel McCrea’s face when they kiss and "FULL SPEED AHEAD" and Jean Arthur crying away atop a plate of catfish and rice on her wedding day. Movies are wonderful.