Ellen

So many films, so little attention span.

Favorite films

  • Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Hapkido
  • Midsommar

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

  • My Son

    ★★½

  • Chris Claremont's X-Men

    ★★★

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well, it seemed like a good way to spend Labor Day / Rosh Hashanah. 

    It’s a gangster film about Jews that doesn’t feel all that Jewish. I mean, G-d forbid you let a Jewish actor play a Jewish gangster, am I right?

    I get that these meandering epics about violent men have a certain appeal and this is a well filmed and acted one. But it’s hard to stay focused on a film when the “hero” sexually assaults women with…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I had actually forgotten about this version of Mulan, until my Dad said he watched it and it wasn’t great, but I might like it because of the martial arts (“but it looks more like dancing”). 

    And he was right about me liking it. I didn’t love it. It’s a bit sanitized, being Disney and all, but I didn’t hate it. Possibly because I barely even remember the animated version. I suppose I was a bit too old in 1998…

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  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★½

    More ambitious than coherent. It’s a mess, a quite beautiful mess.

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★½

    Every scene with Orson Welles left me imagining Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey screaming.

    Also, The Third Man gets my vote for best use of cute pets in film noir.