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  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★★

    This movie was made for me, and I loved it. Good actors, good laughs, good vibes! Will resonate for anyone who has ever monetized a friendship.

  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★

    Still good!

  • Marquis de Sade: Justine

    Marquis de Sade: Justine

    ★★

    Jess Franco made his slickest, most expensive, and most star-studded trash for producer Harry Alan Towers. By and large, this is not my preferred period of his career.

    This is the first of Franco's many Marquis de Sade adaptations, and is a piece of Eurotrash that carries itself like a prestige picture. Franco captures only a fraction of Sade's kinkiness, and entirely neglects his humour and politics. That doesn't leave much, and what little there is runs 124 minutes. What…

  • Venus in Furs

    Venus in Furs

    ★★★★

    Maria Rohm in this movie... (*eyes pop out of head like a Tex Avery wolf*)

  • Vampyros Lesbos

    Vampyros Lesbos

    ★★★★½

    *eggplant emoji*

  • The Awful Dr. Orlof

    The Awful Dr. Orlof

    ★★★½

    Jess Franco's breakthrough movie (if, indeed, a career like Franco's can be said to have ever had a "breakthrough"). This gothic horror film is restrained compared to what Franco would do later, but he's always doing something visually interesting.

  • Notes on an Appearance

    Notes on an Appearance

    (*scans Letterboxd reviews of this movie*)
    (*sees a two-star review by Neil Bahadur that begins, “It’s interesting - I don’t think I ever got on the film’s wavelength...”*)
    (*looks further down*)
    (*sees a half-star review by Neil Bahadur that says, “Intellectually fraudulent garbage.”*)

  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies

    ★★★½

    (*in the prissiest voice possible*) "Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in your goddam face, and you’ll stay plastered!"

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    The first and best of Robert Zemeckis’ Big-Breasted Cartoon Ladies trilogy.

  • A Man and His Sin

    A Man and His Sin

    The first feature film adaptation of a popular Quebecois radio play. Set in a rural community north of Montreal, the story involves an old, sinister rich man who delights in cheating people out of their money, and now targets the young, dashing, moustachioed ex-lover of his wife. Heavy melodrama ensues for 110 molasses-slow minutes.

    A hugely popular and enduring story in Quebec culture, almost totally unknown outside the province’s borders.

  • The Boys

    The Boys

    ★½

    A franchise-spawning phenomenon in Quebec. There’s nothing here for me, tho.

  • Bingo

    Bingo

    A Quebecois thriller inspired by the then-recent October crisis. The story follows an angry young man who, sickened by the job-shedding capitalists and their conservative political enablers, joins a radical socialist group, which soon becomes a terrorist group. Innocent people are hurt, martial law is imposed, and their actions directly lead to the election of a far-right demagogue.

    A bleak, nihilistic movie, but credit where due: it’s an engrossing and admirably complex centrist entertainment.

    This was a huge hit in…