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  • The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone


    I have more nostalgia for this one than most other Disney movies (I’m in the minority there, I know). 

    This is a trifle, meandering through a surprisingly low-key plot despite the high stakes. Much of the film is spent on Merlin and Arthur transforming themselves into animals and inevitably being pursued by predators, with Merlin never learning to put some sort of safeguard in place to prevent this. And yet, there is a weirdly heartbreaking moment involving a non-talking female…

  • The Broadway Melody

    The Broadway Melody


    The second Best Picture winner ever. In context, that makes sense — it was a full-on musical not long after talkies changed the game, and it had a razzle-dazzle Technicolor sequence. 

    But musicals had a looong way to go from here. This basically just points a camera at the stage and unfolds like live theater during those numbers, and none of those production numbers are terribly impressive. The backstage story is also about as rote as they come — the…

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  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales


    Got to see the original cut that notoriously premiered at Cannes on the big screen tonight. 

    The film is full of indelible cinematic moments, most of them involving music. The most memorable is The Killers musical sequence, of course, but I find the “Oh My Angel” sequence oddly chilling and of course the snippet we get of Krysta Now’s “Teen Horniness is Not a Crime” is a delight. 

    This cast is insane. Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake, Mandy…

  • Diamantino



    This is like a Portuguese take on Southland Tales, with some Almodovar/Sorrentino overtones. I walked into this one with no idea what I was in for, and boy was I in for a lot.

    Diamantino Marmoudes is a beautiful idiot. He's rich, famous, and has a heart of gold. He's gotten very lucky. He also has two evil, spoiled twin sisters and the Portuguese Secret Service after him. His favorite pastimes are eating Nutella crepes and fantasizing about fluffy puppies.…