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  • Ossessione

    Ossessione

    ★★★★

    Almost unbelievable that this is a debut film.

  • Ludwig

    Ludwig

    ★★★★

    I can't stop thinking about Ludwig throwing food to his swans. Here Helmut Berger's astounding performance and Visconti's decadent vision reach, for me, their fullest intimacy and greatest impact. Ludwig exists in the gorgeous fantasy of his creation and in the world that can only see such dreams as follies at best, insanity at worst...his gestures are those of a benevolent sovereign and a ridiculous man...he is towering, heroic, absurd, wretched, ruined. God, I love this moment, this man, this movie.

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  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★★★

    I was having a really shitty day yesterday and part of it was feeling weighed down with how, as a woman in a misogynistic society, you constantly have to deal with the fact that the cultural artifacts and institutions you love don't love you back, and in fact probably hate you. This isn't new or anything but every so often you reach a breaking point and I was there last night. So, I decided to watch this film and found…

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★

    This was really fun - just a delightful adaptation of Lady Susan. Allow me to put on my 18th-centuryist hat, however, and vent some spleen. There's a real sense I got, from the press coverage of this movie, of building this up as a different - and not just different, BETTER - Jane Austen movie. The Telegraph: "Love & Friendship shows just how funny Jane Austen can be" (bitch, I already knew, and you would have too if you'd been paying…