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  • Valley of the Dolls

    Valley of the Dolls

    ★★★½

    I had avoided VOTD mostly, I suppose, because it was supposed to be so bad. I feared that "it's-so-bad-it's-good" wouldn't translate for me. It sure didn't with Showgirls.

    But then I was cast in the Lee Grant role in a cross-dressing stage production, so I bought the DVD so I could see what it was we were satirizing. And it's great. Maybe in a so-bad-it's-camp way, but who cares? It is just a lot of fun and oh, so quotable.

  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    ★★★½

    This could get four stars for the performances--especially Geoffrey Lewis's, but, alas, it's a fun 3.5 stars.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I saw CMBYN for the sixth time on Friday.

    The film has been running at a local independent cinema, and this weekend, for the last week of its run, it moved to their new 25-seat microcinema. I bought my ticket online since I figured it would be easy for 25 seats to sell out. When I walked into the room, however, there was no one else there, so I wondered if I’d be watching it alone. I soon found out…

  • Fanny & Alexander

    Fanny & Alexander

    ★★★★

    I had never seen Fanny & Alexander before. It came out when I was in college, but it took me until today to finally watch it. I watched the longer television cut. Do I want to watch the shorter theatrical cut now? Or would I just miss things that had been cut out? I'm not sure.

    It's hard to rate this. Most of it was good, and some of it was great. I loved Gunn Wållgren's performance as the title characters'…