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  • Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    ★★★★

    Julie Andrews is a true queen, quirky and magical and strangely relatable. Carol Channing is utterly mad and constantly bubbling over with champagne. Mary Tyler Moore is sweet, helpless, and ridiculously dainty, totally the opposite of what one expects from her.

    This is very much a female-led film, and the men are often more caricatures than characters, but it works quite well for the story. There are some visual gags that perfectly pay homage to silent films, which feels appropriate…

  • Rhapsody

    Rhapsody

    ★★

    Oh, the musical melodrama. Every single relationship is so dysfunctional, and while the common denominator is Liz Taylor, she is not fully responsible for how all the characters are utterly neurotic. Even though everyone is legitimately crazy, the film still moves very slowly because we spend a lot of time sitting through concertos, etc. I love classical music, but it's odd to find in a movie.

    Confession: I did mostly watch this for John Ericson because I loved him so much in Honey West.

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  • The Moon-Spinners

    The Moon-Spinners

    ★★★★

    Pola Negri washing her jewels in champagne while her pet leopard lounges nearby in the stateroom of her yacht = GOALS

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    Actual perfection.

    The charmingly sinister zither music, unusual framing techniques, flawless acting, riveting story, exquisite lighting, and sharply drawn but ambiguous characters all add up to a film unmarred by a single blemish.

    I am honestly in awe. I saw this years ago and thought it was good, but at 17 didn't appreciate it like I did tonight. Every single shot is stunning and hauntingly lovely. The performances from Valli, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, and the supporting cast are incredible without a sour note to be heard.