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  • La La Land
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Citizen Kane
  • Umberto D.

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  • Un Chien Andalou

    ★★★★

  • Mademoiselle Chambon

    ★★★★½

  • Cats & Dogs

  • Robin Hood

    ★★★★

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★★★

    I remember seeing the Aladdin remake in theaters and thinking how awful that new song for Jasmine is. So blatantly laced with feminism that it feels the film is cramming its message down your throat. Not that I’m complaining about feminism, but I am complaining about having your message spelled out for the audience, just to be lectured. Narratives need to find clever ways to integrate their message into the nature and culture of the story for it to be actually…

  • Contempt

    Contempt

    ★★★★★

    “’The Cinema,’ said Andre Bazin, ‘substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.’ Contempt is a story of that world.”

    One of the major problems when you have a young, rising director is gambling large sums of money to see if they will produce a great work of art; more accurately, a great work of art that’s a hit, financially speaking. Why is this a problem? Well, the director is just starting out, and the film…

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  • Un Chien Andalou

    Un Chien Andalou

    Well, damn.

    It has been a while. A year to be exact.

    I know I didn't have a great following like many people on here have, but I do have some explaining to do for those who I made some connection on the Letterboxd landscape. The answer to 'where have I been all this time' is quite simple: work. Work has been the black hole to my free time this past year. Ever since I got promoted, I had to…

  • Mademoiselle Chambon

    Mademoiselle Chambon

    ★★★★½

    What a great film. If David Lean’s Brief Encounter were subtle and restrained, it would be Mademoiselle Chambon. 

    It may come off as a bit slow, but it’s all about the execution and what is not said. 

    👌🏻🔥

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  • Death in Venice

    Death in Venice

    ★★★

    There are two ways you can look at Visconti’s problematic adaptation of Thomas Mann’s novella Death in Venice: 1.) as a work of Symbolism, where Gustav’s yearning for the young Thaddeus is not that of perversion but that of youth. In other words, the dying Gustav sees Thaddeus as a symbol of beauty perfected, and as an artist, that is something Gustav wishes to achieve or return to. 2.) Gustav is a closeted homosexual who lusts after the young Thaddeus,…

  • Children of a Lesser God

    Children of a Lesser God

    Remember that one time when the Academy honored an actual deaf person with an Oscar for a performance in a leading role? But afterwards, Marlee Martin starred in nothing major because Hollywood is an instant gratifying mechanism that likes to pat itself on its back whenever they give awards out to minorities or to the unacknowledged, believing they are socially progressive by having a low-budget film like this made once every blue moon?

    Yep, that's Hollywood for you.