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  • The Insects' Christmas

    The Insects' Christmas

    ★★★½

    Well, that was super sweet and excellent stop-motion.

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★½

    A melodrama of sin and no redemption, an American tragedy indeed as the have-nots hob-nob with the wanna-haves and the already-haves leading to unwed pregnancy, death, and comeuppance. It’s a cinderella drama, sophisticated romance, noirish thriller, and courtroom drama all in one. Speaking of noir (as I’m wont to do), this is not noir, but it’s fascinating to see how much noir stylistics permeates Hollywood film at this time, as certain scenes use murky, high contrast lighting and an ambiguous “hero” to great effect. Many of the compositions are pretty brilliant, too.


    Not ultimately as involving as I’d like, but very well-made.

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  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2

    ★★

    I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.

    The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…

  • The Smiling Lieutenant

    The Smiling Lieutenant

    Film 2 for the Letterboxd Season Challenge. The other films I plan to watch for the challenge are here.

    Week 2: 1930s Musicals
    Challenge: Watch an unseen 1930s musical.

    We're totally in my wheelhouse doing 1930s musicals, so much so that I had to go much more obscure than the Fred/Ginger and Busby Berkeley films many other Challengers are doing (though if you haven't seen those, that's absolutely the way to go). Instead I went for a Pre-Code Lubitsch/Chevalier musical…