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  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Au Revoir les Enfants

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  • Blonde

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★★

  • Yi Yi

    ★★★★½

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    Joyce Carol Oates's novel (Blonde) is a work of fiction. As stated by Elaine Showalter in The New Yorker, in the article "Joyce Carol Oates's "Blonde" is the Definitive Study of American Celebrity," Oates's novel is "about the fate of a female star in the Hollywood world of mirrors, smog, and shadows, a world where women's bodies are commodities traded for titillation and profit." Using historical figures to explore broader themes isn't a new concept in cinema. 2021's "Spencer" brilliantly…

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★★

    One of the finest examples of making a "play on film" feel cinematic. A film only set in a single location that understands how to utilize the space. Creating compelling shot compositions with the use of angles, costuming and set design. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film (and play) honestly depicts the psychological effects of toxic codependent relationships. Petra's relationship with Marlene and Karin illustrates the emotional dynamics of power and love in how Marlene's feelings for Petra serve as a parallel…

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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    A clear difference can be felt when Spielberg is passionate about the film. It's a film that comes from his own early life experience dealing with family struggles, and the master craftsmanship is fully displayed on the screen. The attention to the movies Sammy (Gabriel LaBelle) crafts, a screenplay that brings a human touch to the realist vs. dreamers dynamic, and the powerhouses of the entire ensemble.

    Brief cameos and minor roles become some of the film's most exciting and…

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

    The best word to describe Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling is messy. A messy attempt to showcase female pleasure on screen (I don't know what Olivia was thinking when she made those comments), to provide a feminist critique about the dynamics of the patriarchy, to explain its concepts, and to get to the point when the various outcomes become obvious the moment they are introduced.

    But it's an ambitious mess that I never found dull in the presentation. Cinematographer Matthew…