The Bad and the Beautiful ★★★

I'm pretty obsessed with this film, despite souring a bit on how it pats itself on the back often. It's critical of Hollywood, but only by way of showing how it was/is. The machismo. The toxicity. The sheer balls to treat people the way they do. And the self-importance of an industry that makes dreams but is very much an exploitative business. Kirk is great, Lana is great, Pidgeon is fun, Powell is fire.