Marya E. Gates

There's about 300 films I've seen (mostly short films and rare silents) that are missing from Letterboxd and TMDB. This will forever irk me.

Favorite films

  • Little Women
  • Bright Star
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Crossing Delancey

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  • Paris Calligrammes

    ★★★★

  • What We Left Unfinished

    ★★★½

  • First Person Plural

    ★★★★

  • The Great O'Malley

    ★★½

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  • The Princess

    The Princess

    ★★★★½

    proof that K Stew's performance in Spencer was genius

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    “The Princess” does not shy away from the mass consumption of Princess Diana the icon by the public, in much the same way Marilyn Monroe was (and still is) consumed in the United States. (One photographer in the documentary insists he takes photos of her because the papers will pay him for them and they’ll do it because the masses will buy the papers, so the “buck stops with the…

  • Strawberry Mansion

    Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★★★

    "I just wanted somebody to share my dreams with"

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  • Ramona

    Ramona

    ★★★★½

    Dolores del Río is sublime in this

  • This Is Joan Collins

    This Is Joan Collins

    ★★★★½

    Joan Collins telling the story about how she was date raped when she was 17 and says back then they called that "getting taken advantage of" and that she was then encouraged to MARRY that same guy to fix the situation is far more feminist in how it examines the dark side of Hollywood's "Golden Age" than anything Dominik tried to do in "Blonde"

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  • The House

    The House

    ★★★★½

    All three stories feature characters so obsessed with the house that they forget the most basic truth: a house is not necessarily a home. Cocker supplies a song over the credits with lyrics that underscore this, crooning, “home is where you never feel alone, a house is nothing but a collection of bricks.” However, with a house as magical (or cursed?) as the Van Schoonbeek estate, letting go proves a much harder task than just coming to this realization.

    [Read my full review at The Playlist]

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    absolutely terrible

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    Watching Ana De Armas marooned in this terrible film, and especially in the scenes where she’s asked to recreate some of Marilyn’s more iconic performances, left me desperately hoping people would at the very least be inspired to watch the work Marilyn left behind. In watching Monroe’s films, you can see an intelligence, a bravery, and a spark that Dominik’s script and direction never allows De Armas’s performance to even come close to approaching.

    Blonde wants you…