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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory


    One of Stanley Kubrick’s best traits as a writer/director is his cruelty. If other directors satirize with a knife, Kubrick satirizes with a guillotine. No one escapes his judgement, and everyone comes out looking ugly. It’s merely a question of how ugly, and how deep Kubrick wants to go in exposing the ugliness.

    Kirk Douglas’ Colonel Dax does come out looking good, but even his pride courts danger at certain moments. George Macready plays General Worstpersonever, and his voice-perhaps the…

  • The Nest

    The Nest


    I had no idea who Carrie Coon was before watching this, though I’d seen a couple of the movies she’s in. She absolutely owns this film. She plays Allison O’Hara, an American woman married to Rory O’Hara, a British businessman played by Jude Law. Rory suffers from severe delusions of grandeur, and life in the good ole US of A is stifling him. He convinces a hesitant but supportive Carrie to move with their two children back to his native land of…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place


    Solid monster design, decent child actors, and a short run time. What a monster movie should be!

    There’s nothing wrong with short run times! 90% of the time, it reveals more intelligence in a director (and trust in the audience) than a long run time does.

    John Krasinski has a solid beard in this film. My pandemic beard is unruly and haphazard!

    I just hope things get even quieter! A Quiet Place 2: This Is Starting To Get Awkward.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs


    My short attention span has kept me from watching/listening to too many audio commentaries, but I really enjoyed Jodie Foster’s track for The Silence of the Lambs. It became clear just how much this role meant to her. My favorite part is during the scene where  she’s performing the autopsy on Frederica Bimmel, one of Buffalo Bill’s victims. 

    She didn’t discuss the element of the scene that rightfully receives the most discussion, the juxtaposition of her presence with about fifty male…

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  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence


    500th review. Whoo hoo! This one’s for Francoise.

    I only found out that my mother committed suicide when I was in my teens. I only found out later in my teens that my father had three wives before my mother. I only found out even later in my teens that three of the last four generations of my mother’s side of the family had committed suicide, and that my grandmother had such crushing post-partum depression that her sister had to raise my mother for over…

  • Arrival



    This is basically what this semester has been like trying to teach high school English via distance learning.