Sunset Boulevard ★★★★★

There aren't many films that hit me like a sledgehammer every time I watch it, but this is one of them. It's the ultimate noir, the ultimate melodrama, the ultimate tragic gothic romance, the ultimate meta-commentary on Hollywood as the city of forgotten stars, frauds, and broken dreams, and it features the ultimate midnight monkey funeral.

Gloria Swanson was not just ready for her close-up, she was ready to burn the whole goddamn studio down.

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