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  • Pinky

    Pinky

    ★★★½

    Choosing Who to Be

    I suspect that the reason this movie doesn't come up in conversation much is that Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge were not chosen to play the title role. They could both pass--perhaps as Mediterranean of some sort, but definitely as white. They weren't cast because they character was supposed to be in a romance with a white man, and that wouldn't have played in the South. Frankly, getting this movie past the Code with a white…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Half a Movie

    Well, this is a predicament. For one thing, yes, this is half a movie. The second half of the movie won't be out until next May, and we all know it. The plot hasn't resolved and won't resolve, and Marvel deliberately chose to end on a cliffhanger. Further, let's be clear; I still plan to avoid spoilers as much as possible. And there's a major spoiler that happens before the beginning credits. (And one that happens after…

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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★★★★

    Another Lost Father Figure

    Dear Roger,

    It's not like you'd be surprised it wasn't nominated. I think we could have shared a grim smile, if you'd still been able to smile. No, of course Steve James wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Feature for this, even though it's better than Finding Vivian Maier. Leaving aside that there seems to always be one mediocre film nominated in the category, every year, we could share a grumble about Hoop Dreams. If you'd still…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

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

    The Promised Feminist Non-Click-Bait Perspective

    I don't normally do spoilers, as my regular readers know, but I really felt I had to this time. This is going to involve a heavy-duty discussion of the ending, because I promised a friend online that I'd talk about it from a feminist perspective, and I'm pretty sure, having watched it, that what he wanted to talk about was the ending. Or anyway about the last twenty minutes to half hour, which is about…