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  • Star Wars: Neon Noir

    Star Wars: Neon Noir

    ★★★½

    Watched as part of the June 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
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    #15: An Alternate Cut Of A Film You've Previously Seen

    2017 movie viewings, #90. This is such a clever idea for a project, and I really wish I had liked it better; basically, some Star Wars fan took the nine-hour prequel trilogy, cut out all the terrible parts until getting the total running time down to an hour and a half, then synced…

  • Sweet Bird of Youth

    Sweet Bird of Youth

    ★★★★★

    2017 movie viewings, #87. Regular readers will know that I've been on a major Tennessee Williams kick this year (see the end of this review for links to all the other movies I've covered), precisely because I have such a strong push-pull relationship to his work, one which mirrors the way his audience in general felt about it in the years he was actively writing. Known as "actor showcase" scripts that delve into what was shocking material during the Mid-Century…

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  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
    My list | Disgustipated's master list
    Week 1: Pioneers of Film - Lumière Brothers, Georges Méliès and Alice Guy-Blaché

    Unlike other forms of artistic output like painting, whose origins stretch all the way back to the forgotten realm of pre-history, we can put very specific dates on the beginnings of such modern artistic media as photography and filmmaking; in the former case, that's quite literally the year 1838 (the year the very…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
    My list | Disgustipated's master list
    Week 6: Screwball Comedies

    So before anything else, let's make a few general statements, shall we?

    --His Girl Friday is not actually a screwball comedy, despite it being labeled as such.

    --Out of every so-called screwball comedy ever made, His Girl Friday is the greatest out of all of them.

    --When I finally watched His Girl Friday for the first time this week, it immediately jumped…