ellenmarie

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inconsistent, biased, baseless takes

I contain multitudes, bitches

Favorite films

  • Vertigo
  • Fargo
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Parasite

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  • Ms .45

    ★★★½

  • Repulsion

    ★★

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★½

  • The Little Foxes

    ★★★

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  • The Little Foxes

    The Little Foxes

    ★★★

    Two of these stars are for Dan Duryea, and one of them is for the scene where he gets slapped.

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★½

    I wasn't sure how this would work for home viewing, but it was still surprisingly effective. I'm still developing my thoughts on some of the artistic flourishes, and don't have a strong feeling on most of them beyond the obvious. For me the series of present day cleaning scenes is about the effort required to acknowledge terrible things. Of course we all are ignoring some terrible thing that we keep behind a wall to make our lives more comfortable, and it's about the work it takes to tear down that wall, to look upon the reality of our cozy, prosperous lives.

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  • On the Silver Globe

    On the Silver Globe

    ★½

    I feel like this is the type of thing that gives arthouse a bad rep. I was actually pretty excited to get to watch this as it had piqued my interest some time ago, and it seemed really interesting. I don't know really what was intentional and what wasn't, but none of it comes across very well. Some astronauts crash, so naturally they start adorning themselves with tribal costumes and decorations on the double. Everyone is kind of flailing around…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Wow! I loved this movie so much more than I expected to. The composition of nearly every shot is just gorgeous. The plotting is brilliant.
    I thought the scene where they argue the story of Orpheus and Eurydice followed by the bonfire/singing and the cave couldn't have been more perfect. How appropriate that Marianne's revelation/surrender is framed with one of the most stark representations of the oppression of women, abortion.

    I am always vastly more impressed with restraint than melodrama,…