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  • The Oblong Box

    The Oblong Box

    ★★½

    Watched for the History of Horror 2018 Weekly Challenge

    Week 15 - Christopher Lee

    How many of Edgar Allen Poe's stories did Vincent Price star in? Arguably, he's not the star here, although the true star is hardly ever seen. The two credited on the poster are supporting characters at best, Price, and Christopher Lee, playing a victim rather than the monster. The story itself is a bit convoluted, the filming is rather hoary, and while I'm not a fan…

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    ★★★½

    Watched for the Film School Dropouts 2018 Challenge

    Week 32 - LA Rebellion

    Julie Dash's historical, dare I call it, "epic" is a joy to watch. Almost stream of consciousness in flow, I think it bears repeated viewings to totally "get" everything. I watched it on Netflix, but would adore a commentary for my next viewing. The actual history is fascinating, and I think I was expecting more of a narrative, almost documentary, feel. Dash's lyrical film works as well,…

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  • The Musketeers of Pig Alley

    The Musketeers of Pig Alley

    ★★★★½

    Watched for the Film School Drop Outs Weekly Challenge 2018

    Week 1 - Lillian Gish

    I had to change my first film for availability, so instead of my original selection of True Heart Susie, I'm instead watching The Musketeers of Pig Alley, but I think I'm starting the year out right with this one.

    Astounding film for its time. Lillian Gish's acting is subtle and understated, yet I feel it conveys her emotional state well. The gangsters are over-the-top, almost…

  • High Noon

    High Noon

    ★★★★

    Watched for the Wild West Summer 2018

    27 - Watch one of the three highest rated Westerns of the '50s that you haven't seen yet.

    Wow, this movie is a gut punch. One of the first westerns I've seen where the bad guy is the McGuffin, and the film isn't at all about the revenge story. Taking place in real time, a man tries to find people to stand by his side, and realizes that every single person he thought…