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  • Paddington 2

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  • Children of Divorce

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  • Angel

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  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

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  • The Revolt of Mamie Stover

    The Revolt of Mamie Stover

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    I don't think I would have enjoyed The Revolt of Mamie Stover as much as I did if it weren't for how beautiful it looked. I always feel a bit silly when I compliment the visual aesthetic of a film, as with the moving picture medium it feels almost too obvious to highlight the element of cinema that makes it stand out from photography, literature, and painting, but when a film looks particularly beautiful, it's often worth a…

  • Midnight

    Midnight

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    As the 1930s came to a close, the screwball comedy was still around and going strong. Midnight feels like the perfect transitional film from the screwballs of the 1930s and their preoccupation with exorbitant wealth (My Man Godfrey, If You Could Only Cook) and screwballs of the 1940s, which kept a class-conscious interest (and penchant for sending up the uber-rich) but branched out to feature, for example, anxieties of war (To Be or Not To Be, Hail the Conquering Hero).…

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  • Children of Divorce

    Children of Divorce

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    Children of Divorce may have been made well before the era where the Hays Code ruled Hollywood - but it certainly still reflects the pressure for "moral decency" Hollywood was feeling after its numerous scandals in the 1920s. The Hays Code was incredibly influenced by traditional Catholic values, hence why divorce was an issue given great hand-wringing in films of the late 1930s (in particular screwball comedies were the domain for anxiety about the moral and societal threat of divorce)…

  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

    Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

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    "I'm free, independent, rich. We're on equal terms, Michael. ...Oh no, we're not. You're in a straitjacket and my arms are free. As a matter of fact, you're in my power, darling. Sit down."

    I started watching Bluebeard's Eighth Wife on September 13 after learning that day was Claudette Colbert's 118th birthday. As one of my favorite stars of the 1930s, and one of the stars of the era who I am most enamored with, I wanted to celebrate her…

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    There is a throwaway line in Hollywood where Ernie, hoping the film he's starred in will win Best Sound Editing, is frustrated when that Oscar actually goes to Body and Soul. He calls Body and Soul "that piece of shit".

    Hollywood is built around self congratulatory masturbation for its creators. Lord knows how proud Ryan Murphy must be for rewriting Hollywood history in an attempt to give a voice to Black men and women, Asian-American women, and gay men who…

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

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    Sometimes you just have to get drunk with a friend on a Tuesday night and watch a three hour long movie where you spend the entire runtime discussing how gay it is.