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Fourth favorite is a recent watch that I particularly dug.
And as I swept that floor I thought "Now I am a woman. This is an age-old action, this is what women have always done."
... The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.
— Adrienne Rich, Of Woman Born
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles is ruthless in…
I love this movie beyond measure. I love its chokingly lyrical (and so very Raymond Chandler), inch perfect screenplay. I love its dark humor, and the absurdity of glamorous Phyllis and anxious Walter skulking around a grocery store so aggressively sterile it seems to come from inside the monolith in 2001. I love the long takes, and the way the austerity of Billy Wilder's shooting style contrasts so perfectly with the labyrinthine language and tale it's recording. But, most of…
xIn The Conversation, Harry Caul interacts with the world only from a great distance, reducing relationships to a minimum and avoiding human contact as much as possible. His agony is evident in his every, isolated move, as is his desperation for relief.
In Blow-Up, Thomas imposes himself lavishly upon his tiny corner of the world, demanding that women obey his orders and assuming that his interests will become the interests of the few men around him, so wrapped up in…
With its three, nearly 90-minute chapters, Miss Mend demands a substantial time commitment, but it more than repays that commitment with a banger of a final hour, a clever mix of humor and brutality, and enormously charming characters. Following heroic typist Vivian Mend (Natalya Glan, who is quite modern looking at times) and her trio of adorable simp reporters as they try to save the USSR from the rich, American manic who hates Bolsheviks so much he wants to kill…
Anyone who spends even a moment with both Professor Rath (Emil Jannings) and Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich) knows their relationship is doomed, at best to failure, and at worst to heartbreak, misery, and madness. And yet, it's just that ill-suitedness that draws them so tragically together; that curses them with a shared, fleeting hope.
Rath's entire life is an internal one. Externally, he's impotent and despised, a man who lives for his authority as an academic, but who is hated…
Spider Baby is an absolute delight, managing to be at once terribly wholesome and profoundly warped; both saccharine sweet and cheerfully sadistic. And, counterintuitively, it's the sweetness rather than the horror that holds everything together, and cements the film's greatness.
As Bruno, the aging, lonely caretaker of the rapidly decaying Merrye family and estate, Lon Chaney, Jr. gives a performance of heartfelt depth, taking his character from an initially simple intoner of pat lessons for children (hate is wrong; things…