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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    Q: Who is your favorite cinematic ghost?
    A: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

    Q: Not Patrick Swayze, or Beetlejuice, or someone from The Others or The Sixth Sense? Casper, maybe? 
    A: No, no. It's Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: She's not a real ghost, though. 
    A: Well, she arrives and leaves very suddenly, as if from nowhere, and she always glides. Oh! And she never blinks!

    Q: Ghosts don't blink?
    A: Some do. Not Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: If Mrs. Danvers is a ghost,…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★★

    Fact, fiction, and myth blend together in Shirley, the same way three women—Shirley, Rose, and Paula—blend into one. This isn’t a Shirley Jackson biopic; it’s a portrait of an author by way of her work & her reputation. It’s a portrait of the writing process & female genius. It’s a portrait of women driven to the edge of a precipice, to an inevitable madness, by men, by husbands, by patriarchy.

    And who better to portray this iconic witch-housewife-mad woman-genius than Elisabeth Moss?…

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  • News of the World

    News of the World

    ★★★

    My mother really loved the novel and was, therefore, looking (very) forward to this. After the film, she (re)explained to me all the merits of the book & what the film got wrong (and some of what it got right). But she didn't have to because, throughout the entire runtime, you can feel that behind this mediocre movie lies a decent—perhaps even great—book. You can feel that what doesn't work in the film is precisely what would work on the page—characters,…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    If I wasn’t so emotionally distressed, I could write about how aptly this film is made, how it uses the form in the best way possible because not only does it use filmmaking tools brilliantly, but it uses them specifically to recreate a character’s truth and emotions & affect viewers through it. Its primary scope is the emotional truth of the character(s). It’s glued to its central character’s point of view (while also offering glimpses into his daughter’s own pain & love)…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★½

    I’ve been wondering how to phrase this review, how to organize my thoughts and feelings, trying to determine whether or not sharing them is worth it for my own well-being. Writing all this down has definitely helped me release at least some of the tension, heartbreak, and anger I’ve been harboring. There will be spoilers, which I don’t care to flag because I wish I had been warned, explicitly, of the gory details. So tread lightly, or not at all.…

  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! is what my heart felt watching this. Ang Lee really gets Jane Austen—the comedy is immaculate & the longing is palpable & the burning desire that must be concealed for decorum is aching & the changing perceptions and relations unfold superbly, and and and...

    Elinor and Edward rarely look each other in the eye; the act of looking is the most intimate. Their love is built by each of them seeing the other be, exist. And then, when they cannot be together,…