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  • The Report

    The Report


    Informative movie. Good and decent. Great performances. If you’re looking for a little suspense or something with twists, this isn’t the movie for you.

  • A Bill of Divorcement

    A Bill of Divorcement


    The summary and writing of "A Bill of Divorcement" is quite dated, but that isn't particularly an issue. It seems as though RKO wanted to put out a film that touched on a sensitive topic, but at the same time, they just wanted to toss something out into the theaters for a quick buck--and the desire for the latter quickly took precedence over desire for the former. What makes this a "bad" thing is the obviousness of the fact. What could have been a groundbreaking 1930s film on mental health was released as a rushed and under-cooked ham.

    The acting was great, though.

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun


    Well, this is a quintessential 1950s romance/drama. Pretty people, string music, all of that. Don't get me wrong, it's a great movie and deserving of its place in history--but history is the keyword. It's a classic, but it's not timeless--and still, that's not a bad thing. Monty Clift and Shelley Winters crushed their performances, I must add. Also, the Best Cinematography (and Director) Oscar wins were right on.

    So, in short, my critical opinion: a staple for the romance genre…

  • Scarface



    Man. What a freaking adventure this movie was. Growing up in the time I've grown up, I thought I'd seen plenty of movie violence, but THIS one was a lot. And I don't say this with a negative tone. I enjoyed it. I appreciate when movies "go there" with violence, sex, and all the other “bad stuff “.

    What I really appreciate about SCARFACE is its ability to give us the guns and gut punching without sacrificing the story, and…

  • Millie



    What a great watch! The plot was quite simple and true to Pre-Code formula, but the well-developed characters (especially the protagonist) are what make the film. Excellent acting from everyone, as well. The star, Helen Twelvetrees, does a great job of flowing through a range of emotions without steering away from the essence and honesty of the titular role. My main takeaway: I need to watch more movies with Helen Twelvetrees.

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve


    This is a movie that I intentionally watch rarely so I can always enjoy its magic. Writing: excellent. Acting: tens across the board. It's also a great film to simply look at: the actors are gorgeous, the set design, the costumes. ALL ABOUT EVE is a classic--but a TIMELESS classic!

  • The Best Years of Our Lives

    The Best Years of Our Lives


    You ever watch movies and TV shows and the female characters in them are crying while THEY are watching a movie or TV show? This is what they're watching. I was one of those women when I watched this for the first time. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES highlights life post-WWII from so many perspectives--the servicemen, those who stayed home; those who lived lavishly, those who didn't, and everyone in between. We got various female perspectives and generational ones,…

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy


    Clever, clever movie. De Niro and Jerry Lewis give stellar performances (this was my first time seeing the latter in a dramatic role, I must mention, and he knocked it out of the park).

  • Women in Hiding

    Women in Hiding


    A great short film exposing the ills of illegal maternity hospitals. Great writing and great acting. Times have changed—people don’t freak out over unwed parents (as much) anymore, but even today, I think this film does a great job of persuading young and expecting women to be brave for themselves and their unborn children (if they choose to have them)—even if the world looks down on them. I must add that WOMEN IN HIDING is just as entertaining as it is informative.

  • Zouzou



    Not a great movie, but not bad, either. Josephine Baker keeps us entertained through what would otherwise be a dull movie with a hint of jazz and lots of pretty women.

  • I Could Go on Singing

    I Could Go on Singing


    The first time I saw this movie, I was about nine or ten years old and just so happened to be a new TCM-viewer during the week of Judy Garland’s birthday. But I never saw the movie in its entirety—EVERY time I’ve watched it, I always caught it in the middle. EVERY time. Anyway, I’ve finally watched the whole thing and it was a pleasant watch. A STAR IS BORN used to be my favorite Garland performance but this has…

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull


    I carry very little sympathy for the majority of the characters in this movie but I don’t think that’s a point worth exploring. Me, personally, as a Black woman, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. But me, as a lover of film and a writer, the writing: raw and gritty. Editing: seamless (and almost suspenseful). It’s a work of cinematic art, and if you’d told me the movie was actually released in the 1940s or 50s, I’d believe you— great direction on that part. I can understand why RAGING BULL has its spot in cinema history. Would I watch it again? No thanks.