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  • The Spanish Main

    The Spanish Main

    ★★★

    Doesn't have That Borzage Feeling, nor does Borzage have the ability to stage ship battles and swashbuckling like a Tourneur or Curtiz. The technicolor is very nice, but Henreid is way too casual and smiley to be halfway believable but oh well, it's quite beautiful and O'Hara is terrific even without a partner. Walter Slezak, in full grotesque colonial-ruler mode, stomping around and insulting everyone in the Caribbean, seems the only one truly up to the task.

  • The Lair of the White Worm

    The Lair of the White Worm

    ★★★

    OED defines 'phallic' as:

    ADJECTIVE
    1 Relating to or resembling a phallus or erect penis.
    ‘a phallic symbol’

    Example: This Ken Russell gothic is full of phallic imagery

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    The fussiest boy in the world (Daniel Day-Lewis) meets his match (Vicky Krieps) and together they battle delicate fabrics, tight deadlines and crude aristocrats while locking in a battle of wills and glances all their own. A devious little fairy tale in the key of PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (another self-conscious ‘minor work’ about love and masochism and sisters) and a period piece in name only. The film is attuned to all the right details (the socks, cars, clothes, tea) but casts…

  • Relaxer

    Relaxer

    ★★★★

    1. In 1999 I was 14 years old and spent a lot of time in suburban basements playing N64. The impending Y2K apocalypse was not a major concern for me though a general sense of paranoia at that time was palpable: I used to watch wrestling tapes with a kid named Drew whose father worked at Dominick’s as a “Y2K Quality Assurance Manager” and I’m still wondering what does that mean and why did he need a business card? Did…