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  • The Night of the Iguana

    The Night of the Iguana

    ★★★★★

    Watched as part of the February 2017 Letterboxd Scavenger Hunt
    My list | Tyler Perkins' master list
    #22: Pick a director that has made films over 20 years. Pick a movie made in first half of their career

    2017 movie viewings, #65. I mentioned yesterday how I'm on a major Tennessee Williams kick for the first time in my life right now; and that's going to lead to a lot of reviews here over the next month, in that it…

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★★★

    2017 movie viewings, #60. I'm in the middle of a giant Tennessee Williams kick for the very first time these days, after coincidentally picking two of his films for a recent scavenger hunt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Night of the Iguana) and loving both of them much more than I was expecting to. It's arguable which is his most famous script, because he's got a bunch of them that have been huge hits, but Streetcar certainly is…

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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…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★

    FILM SCHOOL DROPOUT: A 2017 year-long movie challenge
    My list | Disgustipated's master list
    Week 13: French New Wave

    I was mentioning yesterday, during my review of The 400 Blows, how it's important to acknowledge that part of why the French New Wave got popular at the time it did was not just because of its radical rethinking of filmmaking as less of a factory and more like the writing of a novel (with the director as its author providing…