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  • Jane Eyre
  • Pride & Prejudice
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  • The Squid and the Whale

  • The Handmaiden

  • West Side Story

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  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    If you skate upon thin ice
    You'd be wise if you thought twice
    Before you made another single move
    -- "Figure Eight" Schoolhouse Rock

    Compound the overwhelming task of being a mother with having a spouse who's not interested in participating in parenting. Joan is on her own when it comes to raising Walt and Frank. Sure, Bernard will show up perfunctorily, giving lip service to ease his own mind, but he's not in the trenches. He's not invested. His…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    Well... that was sexy.

    Back when I watched The Hunger Games, I was decidedly self-conscious as I recognized myself being drawn into the drama of children fighting to the death; not far removed from the spectators in the film. I mean, I knew it was pretend, but should I be entertained by it? Were the filmmakers intentionally ignoring the irony, or was it part of the plan to mess with my head?

    Here I watch two women reject the idea…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    I hate this movie. It's going directly into my top 100.

    I hate that it makes my heart hurt so much and how the camera work makes me dizzy and nauseous at the horrors of war.

    I hate that the sharpness of some of the images stings my eyes, especially those of her eyes and in hearing the word Nyet, over and over to no avail.

    I hate the condemnation and perpetual self hatred and to what depths and lengths…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    I've been hemming and hawing over this film all day. Having only seen Fahrenheit 451, I hesitate to comment on Truffaut's work. It's as if I were to say about Hitchcock's Rear Window, "Hey, have you noticed that everything is through that nosy Jeff's point of view?" It's laughable. I mean books have been written on 400 Blows and now I get to say something new? :)

    So, here's my idea. If all of you Truffaut connoisseurs don't mind, I'm…