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  • What Price Hollywood?

    What Price Hollywood?

    ★★★½

    I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this surprisingly moving portrait of the ravages of alcoholism. Constance Bennett is luminous as the central starlet but Lowell Sherman steals the show as the fading director. Neil Hamilton plays a particularly odious love interest and breaks up the wonderful dynamic between starlet and director; it would be a better film without him. A few abrupt plot moves don't take away from the un-white-washed look at pre-code Hollywood and the backlot scenes, lovingly rendered make this worth a watch.

  • Pal Joey

    Pal Joey

    ★★★

    Slow at points but featuring one of the best movie dogs of all time. And the weirdest shower. Frank Sinatra is too showy here, I prefer him playing naive. But the score is pretty lovely, and the colours and art direction are eye catching. The hair and make-up are some of the worst ever though. How could anyone make Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak look so bad.

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely one of the best because of the killer score here. Fred and Ginger are on point, as always, but Jerome Kern and Doroty Fields provide them some truly memorable songs in this one. I love that it seems to be snowing through the whole film. I love their performance of 'A Fine Romance'. I love the costumes. I love Victor Moore. I love that together their names make 'lucky penny'. I can't decide how I feel about that Bojangles number, but nine out of ten ain't bad.

  • Up

    Up

    ★★★★½

    No, you're crying.