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  • The File on Thelma Jordon

    ★★

  • Kajillionaire

    ★★★½

  • Belfast

    ★★★½

  • All I Desire

    ★★★½

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  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★½

    "The audience doesn't care about dinosaurs or people or thrills or suspense anymore. They want bugs and lots of talk about bugs. I can feel it."

    - email from Universal exec, 2020

  • Dragonwyck

    Dragonwyck

    ★★½

    Soft-serve gothic melodrama based on the novel by Anya Seton, who basically plagiarises the characters and scenarios in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. Gene Tierney is beautiful but too contemporary as a farm girl who winds up in a world of old money, arched windows and homicidal spouses. Vincent Price is surprisingly effective as the mysterious seducer and gets the best of the elegant Mankiewicz dialogue. Despite some perverse touches (like Price encouraging his wife to eat to death) I was always a step or two ahead of the plot. Beautifully photographed but pales to nothing next to Rebecca.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★★★★★

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a bit of an anomaly. It's a film that is frightened of its own material.

    The reasons are manifold. Capote (who wrote the novella) wanted Marilyn Monroe for the part of Holly Golightly; the weed-smoking alcoholic prostitute who has a casual affair with a gigolo writer. The studio wanted Hepburn, whose image was less sexually overt and more dignified. Audrey’s prostitute needed to be enigmatic, so the more salacious material in the story was dropped. Meanwhile,…

  • Notting Hill

    Notting Hill

    I liked the bit in space.