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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    Q: Who is your favorite cinematic ghost?
    A: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

    Q: Not Patrick Swayze, or Beetlejuice, or someone from The Others or The Sixth Sense? Casper, maybe? 
    A: No, no. It's Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: She's not a real ghost, though. 
    A: Well, she arrives and leaves very suddenly, as if from nowhere, and she always glides. Oh! And she never blinks!

    Q: Ghosts don't blink?
    A: Some do. Not Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: If Mrs. Danvers is a ghost,…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★★

    Fact, fiction, and myth blend together in Shirley, the same way three women—Shirley, Rose, and Paula—blend into one. This isn’t a Shirley Jackson biopic; it’s a portrait of an author by way of her work & her reputation. It’s a portrait of the writing process & female genius. It’s a portrait of women driven to the edge of a precipice, to an inevitable madness, by men, by husbands, by patriarchy.

    And who better to portray this iconic witch-housewife-mad woman-genius than Elisabeth Moss?…

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★½

    Can't tell if I liked this or if it was just Leonard Cohen's music working its magic.

  • Eve's Bayou

    Eve's Bayou

    ★★★★½

    A southern gothic melodrama full of magic and complicated family ties; hazy reminiscences of a summer long passed, of regrets and relief, guilt and innocence, love and hate, all these things that aren’t contradictory but rather coexist; a story of sisters, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, of the insidious ways men twist themselves around these bonds in order to break them. It’s such a complex film, with characters who are difficult to grasp in the way only real people…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★½

    I’ve been wondering how to phrase this review, how to organize my thoughts and feelings, trying to determine whether or not sharing them is worth it for my own well-being. Writing all this down has definitely helped me release at least some of the tension, heartbreak, and anger I’ve been harboring. There will be spoilers, which I don’t care to flag because I wish I had been warned, explicitly, of the gory details. So tread lightly, or not at all.…

  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! is what my heart felt watching this. Ang Lee really gets Jane Austen—the comedy is immaculate & the longing is palpable & the burning desire that must be concealed for decorum is aching & the changing perceptions and relations unfold superbly, and and and...

    Elinor and Edward rarely look each other in the eye; the act of looking is the most intimate. Their love is built by each of them seeing the other be, exist. And then, when they cannot be together,…