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  • An Unmarried Woman

    An Unmarried Woman

    ★★★★

    “Oh god… It was so much easier in the 60s; we had Vietnam, assassinations, the Black Panthers. There was a hell of a lot to do. Can’t even find a decent cause these days.”

    • The horn music is so obtrusively bad, some of the lines are hilarious, and the odd dramatic moment is over-the-top, too.

    “I took one look at that pickled herring, and that’s when I decided to become an abstract expressionist.”

    • But Jill Clayburgh’s performance is…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    I'm sitting on the fence (or stairs) on "Joker", for now. There is a lot to like about the movie, not the least of which is Joaquin Phoenix's tremendous, physical, and wholly invested performance, or the obvious Scorsesesque late 1970s/early 1980s production design. But overall it's so ... nasty (!) for lack of a better word. I am not convinced that even Todd Phillips knows what he wants the film to say. I need to watch it again to determine if I like it or not, but I'm glad I saw Phoenix dance on those stairs, regardless.

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  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

    ★★★★½

    about half way through this austen adaptation, elizabeth and darcy meet under these huge roman columns, amidst the pouring rain, with the verdant rolling english countryside surrounding them, when darcy utterly blindsides elizabeth by - of all things - proposing! then they proceed to argue vociferously. elizabeth informs him that he's basically the last man on earth she would ever want to marry. and yet, before darcy storms off, they share such an erotically charged moment that it puts many…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    It's 95 degrees outside; people are dying of the heat. But somewhere a baby is crying. Dressed in a white gown and blue robes, Rosemary recalls the Virgin Mary, as she walks through the linen-closet-cum-gates-of-hell to meet her child for the first time, knife poised in hand.

    We all know who this baby is - that baby with the red eyes who she finally, gently, rocks in its pitch black bassinet with a subverted cross mobile.

    Polanski leads us to…