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  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    ★★★

    5 Directors X 5 Unseen Films - Round 1

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock
    Director Count: #3 of 5
    Challenge Count: #11 of 25

    The entire film relies on the buoyant personalities of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Dialogue here wouldn't be as zingy if it were delivered by anyone else; it's a fortuitous pairing that keeps the film from feeling flat and the plot staid.

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★½

    5 Directors X 5 Unseen Films - Round 1

    Director: Martin Scorsese
    Director Count: #2 of 5
    Challenge Count: #10 of 25

    A seamless convergence of script, visuals and performance. Paced so beautifully. I don't expect any Scorsese film to surpass this, this is genuinely ~essential viewing~.

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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★★½

    5 Directors X 5 Unseen Films - Round 1

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock
    Director Count: #1 of 5
    Challenge Count: #1 of 25

    Rear Window is so visually satisfying and tense, with perfect chemistry between James Stewart and Grace Kelly. I want to roll around in this film's feigned simplicity. I want to feast my eyes on this every day of the week. Good good good.

  • Charlie's Angels

    Charlie's Angels

    ★★

    Film #3 of Scavenger Hunt 14.
    Task #6 - An English-language film with a non-white, female lead

    I'm aware this is a bit of a cop-out for the topic and I'm aware that this film is trash.

    But friends, this is my trash.

    I was around six when this film came out. They probably played it twice a year on Australian TV through the 2000's, because it was ~mindless entertainment~ with a cracking cast of tabloid-fodder gals.

    But as a…