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  • 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…

  • Monsoon Wedding

    Monsoon Wedding 2001

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2016

    You know the movie was great when you literally applaud at the end - even after watching it by yourself in your living room. There are so many interesting stories intertwining in "Monsoon Wedding," but of course the central story is a marriage. I think one of my favorite characters in the film is the father of the bride - he is a devoted family man who loves his children fiercely and ultimately makes a brave decision to protect those he loves. The movie is full of joy and sorrow, all the stuff of life. Excellent!!

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2016

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

    Brutally honest but still somehow sweet and hopeful, I was fascinated by this film. I particularly loved and rooted for Marianne - Johan takes it way too far when he becomes violent with his soon-to-be-ex-wife as she is trying to complete the divorce papers, and this made me very uncomfortable and angry. But I think the film is more about Marianne, and her growth and self-discovery. It's tough to watch, but very much worth it.