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sarah has written 41 reviews for films with no rating.

  • No Man of Her Own

    No Man of Her Own

    The shot of Carole Lombard showering behind a foggy glass door was gratuitous, but the same exact shot of Clark Gable showering behind a foggy glass door made it equality.

  • Blondie of the Follies

    Blondie of the Follies

    Gay, made even gayer by Marion Davies doing a Garbo Grand Hotel impression for absolutely no reason.

  • The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter

    "Wood-pussy!"

  • The Big Knife

    The Big Knife

    Every single performance in this film verges from realism to extreme camp— it's so jarring, but I actually kinda like it!! I cannot stop thinking about Wendell Corey calling Jack Palance "Kitty" every three seconds.

  • Grand Prix

    Grand Prix

    🎵 overture 🎵 🚗 spectacular racing scene 😀🏁 boring hetero drama 😩👫 🚗 spectacular racing scene 😀🏁 françoise hardy looking beautiful 😍 boring hetero drama 😩👫 i sleep 😴 🎵 intermission 🎵 😮 google informs me that Jessica Walter is Lucille Bluth from arrested development 😮 more boring hetero drama 😩👫 💭 "I mean, it's one banana, Michael. What could it cost, ten dollars?" 💭 🚗 spectacular racing scene 😀🏁

  • Storm Center

    Storm Center

    Well, if you ever wanted to see Centrist Hollywood's view of McCarthyism and Communism, this is it. I can't really be too mad, because I suppose the only way they were allowed to talk so bluntly about these topics is through the caveat of denouncing communism completely, but I much prefer the subtle subversiveness of other anti-McCarthyism films made by actual blacklisted individuals during this time. Storm Center is just a well-intentioned, liberal fantasy, devoid of real quality.

    Two things…

  • Secrets

    Secrets

    No exaggeration, this has the weirdest tonal shifts I've ever seen in a movie! A Lot happens, but my main takeaway is that I quite like Mary Pickford as an actress. She carries over some silent acting tendencies (don't have much of a reference to go on though, seeing as this is my first Pickford movie), and she seems to grow into the role, especially during the gunfight western scenes (again, A Lot happens in this one).

  • Cowboy

    Cowboy

    I know A LOT of westerns can be interpreted with gay subtext, but .... this is seriously so gay, not even subtext. They try to include a heterosexual romance to throw that interpretation off, but it's just so artificial and surface-level, it makes me laugh!!

  • 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!!

  • 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.