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  • The Lion in Winter

    The Lion in Winter

    ★★★★

    This movie is a lot more fun than I remember. I had also forgotten it's a Christmas movie. This is a good movie to see with a receptive audience who will react to the dry, biting comments from each character. It came at a weird time in film history. From here, it looks a little stagey. From 1968, it probably looked pretty damn bold with its location shooting and bold language. But that freshness wouldn't last long. From either point of view, it's never not shocking to hear Katharine Hepburn talk about her nipples. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★

    It's funny watching this in a post-Get Out movie world. Everything seems so contrived. When I first saw this movie, it must have been around 1990. My impression was that it seemed somewhat unimaginable that people would get so worked up about an interracial relationship. A more reasonable question was why would such an accomplished man want to marry a bubble-headed daughter obsessed with love. I understood that in the context of history - of course it's a problem -…

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  • The Loneliest Planet

    The Loneliest Planet

    ★★★★

    Nothing happens for an hour. Then one thing happens and someone makes a knee jerk reaction. Then one no one talks about either the thing that happened or the the reaction to what happened. Hard to say since no one's talking. Then nothing happens for another hour until there's an awkward moment. Then nothing happens at the end. I was riveted.

  • 7 Chinese Brothers

    7 Chinese Brothers

    ★★★

    During the Q&A after the movie, one gentleman told the director that he needs to tweak the screenplay a little before he sends it to the big multiplexes, and then proceeded to talk about a script of his that he plans to shoot this year and get into next year's festival. He plans to get a bigger star than Jason Schwartzman. The director nodded and said, "okay."