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  • The Second Woman

    The Second Woman


    Strong Rebecca overtones with hints of Suspicion made this feel rehashed. But always great to see Florence Bates!

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde


    The soundtrack was like someone who hadn’t lived through the eighties googled the megahits from the eighties.

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  • Complicated Women

    Complicated Women


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

    For Golden-Era film fans, this documentary is nothing new—just a wonderful review of pre-Code movies. A thorough compendium, and a lot of fun. (Based on a book by Mick LaSalle.)

    Available free on youtube:

    Pre-Codes in Complicated Women
    Anna Christie (1930)
    The Divorcée (1930)
    Big Business Girl (1931)
    Blonde Crazy (1931)
    A Free Soul (1931)
    Illicit (1931)
    Inspiration (1931)
    Night Nurse (1931)
    Platinum Blonde (1931)
    Mata Hari (1931)
    Safe in Hell (1931)
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
    Strangers May Kiss…

  • Stranger by the Lake

    Stranger by the Lake


    Loved this film. It has really stuck with me. So scary and shocking. Good casting--the lead actor had a face like a scared rabbit. The love interest and the friend also well cast.