JordanFerguson

Watching movies while Rome burns.

Favorite Films are four recent watches/re-watches that blew me away.

Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • The Aviator
  • GoodFellas

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  • The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

  • Saturday Night Fever

    ★★★★

  • Labyrinth of Passion

    ★★½

  • Roald Dahl's The Witches

    ★½

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  • Saturday Night Fever

    Saturday Night Fever

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The popular imagination remembers this as an exuberant celebration of disco and the freeing possibilities of dance. The critical consensus, at least in my experience in recent years, is that this film is misogynistic and completely disregards the internal reality of its female characters.

    I get where the latter camp is coming from, particularly because of the way the movie ends. Letting the final note essentially be Karen Lynn Gorney's Stephanie forgiving Tony for his attempted rape undercuts the hopefulness…

  • Labyrinth of Passion

    Labyrinth of Passion

    ★★½

    Loved seeing Pedro in drag, but most of this didn't really work for me. As farce, it's too light on laughs (though there are some really good ones), and as a romance, it is completely ineffective. The characters are (intentionally, I think) all caricatures, standing in more for various elements of La Movida Madrilena and serving to push forward the next set piece more than they feel like actual human beings or serve any thematic purpose.

    This feels of a…

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    I think its hard to fully describe and contextualize a masterpiece on first viewing, but I'm pretty sure this is one. Elliott Gould is fantastic as a low-key, low-affect Philip Marlowe in a bumbling, shaggy dog detective story that feels true to the Chandler novel but fits perfectly within its early '70s California setting. I want Marlowe's apartment, a penthouse overlooking the City with groovy, generally unclothed hippy chicks living next door and a cat that disappears for days on…

  • Wonder Boys

    Wonder Boys

    Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) has been writing his latest novel for seven years—its now over two thousand pages long and still not done. When his wife leaves him, his mistress and boss (Frances Mcdormand) announces she's pregnant, his agent (Robert Downey Jr.) comes to town to pressure him on the book, and an eccentric student (Toby Maguire) begins to entwine himself in Grady's life, things are about to come to a head. Vacillating in a pot-induced haze, Grady takes…