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  • All That Heaven Allows
  • Magnificent Obsession
  • Imitation of Life
  • Written on the Wind

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  • Uncle Yanco

  • Top Gun: Maverick

  • Batman Forever

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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  • Design for Living

    Design for Living

    Miriam Hopkins ricocheting around like a horny firework in a sweaty pre-Code throuple comedy by Ernst Lubitsch. I'm in danger of becoming fascinated with the 1930s.

  • Uncle Yanco

    Uncle Yanco

    Perfect antidote to world weariness and a cold drab start to summer in Seattle. Color and connection, ecstasy without vanity! A little suburb of the arts, floating in a sunlit bay. Two Vardas for the price of one. They shine extra bright.

    Yanco, a painter, can't help but believe in God. The bounds of his theology are expressed in two luxurious utterances:

    1. “Like chlorophyll in a tree, there’s this secretion, this desire for Eden.”

    2. “Hell is doing what you don’t like to do.”

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  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (I get misty about here)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (Damon lasts this long)
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault.
    It's not your fault. (The eagle has landed)

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.

    Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a…