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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    Still the best of Disney's films.

  • Queen Kelly

    Queen Kelly

    ★★

    Watched this after learning it is the film which clips are shown deom in Sunset Blvd, at Von Stronheim's suggestion. An interesting experience and Gloria Swanson was beautiful, engaging, and talented. However, I feel as if Von Stronheim could have gotten his projected 5 hour film down to about 2 hours with basic editing. Did we really need what felt like 10 minutes of a leering brothel owner and horrified Swanson across her aunt's deathbed? Probably not and this sort of protracted reaction shot was typical. However, I'm not sorry I watched it.

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  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★

    19-year-old Sophie has resigned herself to a drab life in her family's hat shop ... until she is cursed by an evil witch to have an 90-year-old body. She leaves home and goes searching for a way to break the spell. In the countryside she comes upon Howl's strange moving castle which walks about on large chicken legs.

    Howl is the young wizard who owns the castle and Sophie soon becomes part of the household as the housekeeper. As she…

  • Meet the Patels

    Meet the Patels

    ★★★★

    Ravi Patel is a first generation Indian-American. After a failed relationship he realizes that his ideal bride would be an Indian raised in the U.S. since he was too. But he has trouble finding such women. His mother is overjoyed to help since she's a famous matchmaker who has been frustrated because her own children won't accept her help. Filmed by his sister, Geeta, Ravi spends a year trying to find love in traditional Indian style.

    A lot of reviewers…