• Devotion

    Devotion

    ★★★

    Emily! It's me, Charlotte! I'm home now!
    I'm soo-oo-oo cold! Lemme come through the door now!

  • Kiss Me Kate

    Kiss Me Kate

    ★★★

    I was already familiar with Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew from a production featuring Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor because a friend of mine was watching for her class on Shakespeare, so I knew what to expect. On top of that, I remembered seeing a commercial for this specific film some months before while I was on break in school, which did include the absolutely cringy spanking scene.

    Though this screenplay was written by a woman, the sexism is still…

  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest

    ★★★

    I knew the jokes from the film, but whew...that was quite a ride. Though I watched this with commercials, it did feel a little too long.

    Otherwise, it was interesting to watch. I do remember enjoying Crawford's performances in Mildred Pierce and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, so to see her in a different light by one of her own children was a surprise. At least, enough to know that Christina's view of her made her to be too good…

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna

    ★★★½

    That was quite an experience; I watched this with Ulmann & von Sydow in mind who acted well in this toxic relationship (I saw Ulmann in Autumn Sonata & von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told).

    T'is quite a disturbing film in its own way, yet captures much of human nature being destructive in trying to reconcile with itself from within and outside with others. Reminds me a bit of Neon Genesis Evangelion without the unusual cosmology & giant robots in its own way.

  • Road to Morocco

    Road to Morocco

    ★★★½

    Gave me a lot more laughs than I expected.

    I heard of these Road To musicals thanks to someone's video essay about Dreamworks' The Road to El Dorado, and I definitely see much of the influence of this (and the others) for the Dreamworks classic.

    Soon enough, I'll get to watching Road to Utopia, and who knows, maybe the other ones as well.

  • The Goddess of Spring

    The Goddess of Spring

    ★★★

    A delightful, loosely-adapted musical (or should I say opera?) of Hades & Persephone.

    Not gonna lie, I felt so sad for that little crying dear and the bunnies...Otherwise, I really liked the character design of the animals and Persephone a lot.

  • The Pirate

    The Pirate

    ★★★

    Despite the fact that this is a Cuban tale with Euro-American actors, there' still a lot to enjoy about this film: Judy Garland & Gene Kelly's Slap Slap Kiss Kiss dynamic (which can also be equally groaned about), Gene Kelly's outfits (as well as everyone else's but especially his, and the music & dancing in itself (especially when the Nicholas Brothers do the specialty dancing). Also, props to the fact that Judy plays such a sharp female protagonist who isn't all the…

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★

    What's interesting is that upon this rewatch of the film, the subtle humor gets funnier and funnier, the characterization more enjoyable...and the romance gets more endearing.

  • The Willoughbys

    The Willoughbys

    ★★★★

    Enjoyed just about every minute of this one from the characters, plot, and the overall aesthetic. Everything comes together well in this film.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★★★½

    A hot mess of a docuseries. I felt like the apostle John when he saw the Whore of Babylon riding the Beast, and the angel told him to stop looking.

    But it's hard to look away from the sight.

    I think the most important thing to take away from this is the questionable ownership he and others have had over wild animals and what the animals deserve in care as well as the people employed/volunteering in those places (when you realize it, those workers were definitely exploited, no question).

  • The Rachel Divide

    The Rachel Divide

    ★★★★

    Whew. Didn't expect to watch this, but this was a lot.

    As a documentary, this was well done from the interviews, news clips, and even the b-roll.

    To look at her as a person is hard. She has done some spectacular lying on her part in being "black" as she sees it, on top of how the black people who do stand beside her do so slightly reluctantly when they know the truth. On the other hand, her & her sibling's…

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★★

    Such a sweet little film with a lot to think about from a child's perspective.