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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    Q: Who is your favorite cinematic ghost?
    A: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

    Q: Not Patrick Swayze, or Beetlejuice, or someone from The Others or The Sixth Sense? Casper, maybe? 
    A: No, no. It's Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: She's not a real ghost, though. 
    A: Well, she arrives and leaves very suddenly, as if from nowhere, and she always glides. Oh! And she never blinks!

    Q: Ghosts don't blink?
    A: Some do. Not Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: If Mrs. Danvers is a ghost,…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★★

    Fact, fiction, and myth blend together in Shirley, the same way three women—Shirley, Rose, and Paula—blend into one. This isn’t a Shirley Jackson biopic; it’s a portrait of an author by way of her work & her reputation. It’s a portrait of the writing process & female genius. It’s a portrait of women driven to the edge of a precipice, to an inevitable madness, by men, by husbands, by patriarchy.

    And who better to portray this iconic witch-housewife-mad woman-genius than Elisabeth Moss?…

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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

    Bold of Sony Pictures Animation to make a movie about my life and then put their little "this is a work of fiction" disclaimer at the end.

  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★½

    I'm so excited for everyone to find out just how bad this story is!!! Nearly* everything wrong with the movie is because of the book, so this is actually a pretty great adaptation! The novel, by the way, is absolute crap. It takes itself so seriously, it's an extremely frustrating read, none of the characters feel like real people, and it culminates in a reveal that is predictable in the I-wish-I-was-wrong way and laughably stupid and unsatisfying in every way.…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★½

    I’ve been wondering how to phrase this review, how to organize my thoughts and feelings, trying to determine whether or not sharing them is worth it for my own well-being. Writing all this down has definitely helped me release at least some of the tension, heartbreak, and anger I’ve been harboring. There will be spoilers, which I don’t care to flag because I wish I had been warned, explicitly, of the gory details. So tread lightly, or not at all.…

  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! is what my heart felt watching this. Ang Lee really gets Jane Austen—the comedy is immaculate & the longing is palpable & the burning desire that must be concealed for decorum is aching & the changing perceptions and relations unfold superbly, and and and...

    Elinor and Edward rarely look each other in the eye; the act of looking is the most intimate. Their love is built by each of them seeing the other be, exist. And then, when they cannot be together,…