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  • Sidewalk Stories

    Sidewalk Stories

    ★★★★½

    This film man.

    This is what I was looking for when The Artist came out; when I was always saying I wished someone would make a modern silent film.

    Sidewalk Stories is a touching homage to Chaplin's The Kid, but it's also wonderfully grounded in a very real, specific period of New York and feels so much more authentic then a dozen "gritty" city dramas.

    If you love Chaplin, or if you were never really able to "get" what he…

  • A Fantastic Woman

    A Fantastic Woman

    I hope the attention this film is getting means I get to watch Daniela Vega in a less exploitative film some day.

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  • The Hitch-Hiker

    The Hitch-Hiker

    ★★★

    Film School Drop Out Challenge Week 11: Film Noir

    52 Films By Women - Ultimate Challenge Week 38: 1950s

    Tense, economical thriller that avoids most of the sexism inherent in the majority of noir films (granted, it’s by having women completely absent from the picture). Enjoyable and well-made if you’re in the mood for something of the genre. I really appreciated the swift pace without any wasted moments. It makes me wish more films these days weren't afraid of a shorter running time.

  • Falling Leaves

    Falling Leaves

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

    First film of the year! First film of of FSDO challenge!

    I loved this honestly. I love the centering of all the women at the heart of this story. The little girl who early in the film is having trouble not looking at the camera is terrific but then the image of her tying leaves on trees to save her sister from dying is heartbreaking.

    Also is it weird that we live in such an anti-science world now (at least here in the US) that I really had a lot of emotions over the bacteriologist saving the life of the girl in the end?