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  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Possession
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Design for Living

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  • Bloodsport

    ★★★½

  • Tanner '88

    ★★★★½

  • From Danger to Dignity: The Fight For Safe Abortion

  • North Shore

    ★★★½

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  • Bloodsport

    Bloodsport

    ★★★½

    At some point, I realized that I've seen more movies from 1988 than from any other year. Like by quite a bit. I'm not exactly sure how that happened. But I keep watching them and I keep finding finding gems and I keep wondering if there's any end to the magic of '88.

    I don't know why I avoided the films of JCVD for so long. It wasn't an active snub, really. I just never sought them out because I…

  • Tanner '88

    Tanner '88

    ★★★★½

    Although I am overwhelmingly a champion of goofy garbage, Robert Altman has been pretty much uncontested as my favorite director for decades now. At his best, Altman's ability to fully immerse the viewer in a world of his making is unparalleled. And one of his most successful efforts in that regard (and probably among my top three Altmans) is Tanner '88.

    This quietly revolutionary miniseries is simultaneously a pseudo documentary and a subtle satire about the political process in the…

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  • When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories

    When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories

    I'm furious and outraged and mostly just feeling hopeless in the face of the pointless cruelty that's slowly enveloping this country. The monstrous, hateful evangelicals who wield increasing control in the US (and beyond) have just condemned countless women to death and misery and countless unwanted children to lives of hardship. All because they feel they should have exclusive control over the bodies and the rights of those that they consider to be second-class citizens. And they are far from…

  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★½

    This was very satisfying to watch, like a well-oiled machine built to deliver aesthetic spectacle. A Hitchcockian slasher flick that could rest easily on its visual laurels alone but with a murder mystery plot that, while fairly simple, was engaging enough in its details that I was easily sucked into its whodunnit intricacies.

    But the visuals! My god! I kept thinking that this would be great to just put on silently in the background sometime. Bava's camera movement and use…