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  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★

    "A lot of people admired his work, but he had no regard for anyone other than himself, quite honestly."

    "He didn't mind how much he hurt other people, but he got hurt."

    While I was watching this, I was thinking about the above quotes about Welles from this interview with a woman who worked for him during the production of Casino Royale. Rita Hayworth's character is bad and hateful because she's... willing to have sex with anyone other than Orson…

  • It Felt Like Love

    It Felt Like Love

    ★★★★★

    I guess from the ratings I'm seeing on Letterboxd, people are writing this off as just another coming of age movie, but it felt crushingly authentic to me, with a strong focus on the POV of the protagonist, quietly and mostly silently indirectly broadcasting her feelings to the audience and the world around her. I spent the runtime commiserating in sympathy with Lila's teen angst when I wasn't cringing at her attempts at adolescent posturing or being fearful for her…

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    The first time I ever saw this, I was in my early teens. I watched it alone at home on some fall night. Somehow I wasn't spoiled on the plot, even though I'd read a little about it and had seen some production stills at some point, so I had a basic idea going in that there was a farmhouse under siege by walking corpses that could be held at bay by fire. Something about Ben's struggles in the farmhouse…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

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

    "Everything means something, I guess."

    So, this was my third viewing of Saw in a theater. The first viewing was also the first time I'd ever seen it period, and my anticipation of it as one of the big all-time scary movies meant that it thrilled the crap out of me. Leatherface's sudden appearance during the first kill, ending with the screen door slam, was genuinely chilling. The second theater viewing, knowing what to expect, I got into the humor…