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  • The Perils of Pauline

    The Perils of Pauline

    ★★

    A fictionalized biopic of serial queen Pearl White, starring Betty Hutton as the actress who became a popular action hero in the 1910’s. It’s definitely not accurate to film history, which is a shame, as it would’ve been great to see how pioneering Pearl White was. But, as is to be expected with a 1947 film, the focus is more on a love story between Pearl and a fellow actor, with some musical songs thrown in for good measure. Not factual but still fun.

  • Land of the Pharaohs

    Land of the Pharaohs

    ★★½

    I never would have guessed that this is one of Martin Scorsese’s favorite guilty pleasures. Directed by Howard Hawks, this is a 50s sword and sandal epic with thousands of extras, giant sets and shiny costumes... all in CinemaScope! The story follows a Pharaoh (try saying that fast) who enlists slaves to build him a grand pyramid as his tomb. Most of the film is about planning a tricky-enough labyrinth to hide his gold (he loves gold!) I had no idea where it was going until... in comes a browned-up Joan Collins to give the plot a real nasty twist. Cheesy good fun.

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  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★½

    An interesting take on Ted Bundy, showing the story of his murder trials from the perspective of his first wife. The director doesn’t glamorize Ted, but you do understand why his wife was questioning her own gut instinct almost to the end. In terms of his serious roles, this is the best I’ve ever seen Zac Efron, and Lily Collins too. Because of this unique take, I imagine this film might be divisive... but it will definitely get you talking afterwards!

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    ★★★½

    Feels right to kick off 2019 (and my resolution to use letterboxd) with a modern movie that looks to the past. My classic film loving heart was full of joy as Laurel & Hardy were brought back to life by the wonderful Coogan & Reilly. This film is both a celebration of the comedic duo’s friendship, and an honest look at the ups and downs of creative collaboration.