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  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming 1995

    ★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2016

    I'll start with the good: the character of Jane is fascinating, complex and lovely. Every time her still image appears so that the viewer knows we'll get to know her better, it's a treat.

    Outside of this, "Kicking and Screaming" reminded me a LOT of "Last Days of Disco," and not just with the repeated participation of Eigeman. It's wordy, it's frustrating, the characters are largely unlikable (except for the women, who are bit players in the males' lives). It's filled with entitlement and inaction. Not a fan.

  • Babette's Feast

    Babette's Feast 1987

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2016

    This movie was absolutely enchanting. It's such an interesting take on piety, artistry, life and its meaning. The characters are rich and lovely, and MY GOD, the feast. Even as a vegetarian grossed out by the dead quails, I could appreciate the beauty of it all. What a spectacular film!

  • The Last Days of Disco

    The Last Days of Disco 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    I have complicated feelings about this film. All of the main characters are heavily flawed, and a few are particularly actively unlikable. There's selfishness in them, and the whole film is such a straight-white-cis-oriented view of the end of disco when, really, those folks were gentrifying the scene. I do think there's some commentary on that, but at the end of the day it's still a film that puts value in their perspectives which are quite dull. It's no surprise…

  • Black Orpheus

    Black Orpheus 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Sep, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film was absolutely fascinating. I knew the general story of Orpheus, and I went into Black Orpheus thinking it was a modernized version of the old story. This isn't entirely wrong, but I love that the movie acknowledges that story - when Orpheus and Mira are purchasing their marriage license, the guy selling it to them jokes that Orpheus should be marrying a woman named Eurydice.

    The movie is both fast-paced (Orpheus and Eurydice have an even more powerful…