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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    So yes, long-lost Letterboxd friends, as you've correctly guessed, I am indeed on another one of my writing hiatuses these days, this one inspired by the busy holiday season; but I'll be back to the daily updates again come the new year, when I'll not only be quickly getting caught up with the 20 or so outstanding reviews I still need to write, but also finally publishing the 300-page paperback book version of all my 2017 scavenger hunt writeups (but…

  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    ★½

    2017 movie viewings, #149. George Clooney's Suburbicon holds the dubious "honor" of now being the most blatant example of bait-and-switch I've ever experienced as a moviegoer. For while the movie's trailer gives off the impression that it's a wacky black comedy, about a milquetoast office worker in the 1950s who's forced through circumstances to become a violent killer to protect his family, the actual movie I just watched is a treacly earnest and joke-free serious drama about a thoroughly unpleasant…

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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…