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  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★½

    FSDO2019 Week 5: Auteur - Jean Renoir

    This routinely shows up in the top tier of greatest films of all time, and I don't quite understand why. To me it seemed like an enjoyable, mostly frothy, occasionally soapy satire of the ruling class and their romantic lives. I liked it, but I don't quite see the magic. I also could have done without watching like 15 rabbits die. :\

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★

    FSDO2019 Week 30: Auteur - John Cassavetes

    I can understand why this movie might be important, but I found it to be a punishing watch without much to offer.

    It's interesting to read reviews of this movie here, because many elements seem quite divisive. Some find the performances intense and immersive, others overwrought and histrionic. Some find the pace and story true to life and honest, others find it overlong and undercooked. Some see a feminist work, others a movie…

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  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    SH 52 #21. A film with a primarily blue poster.
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    FSDO2019 Week 39: Studio Ghibli

    I picked this movie to watch over my original "blue" pick, ironically because I was feeling low and stuck. I could not have made a better choice. Everyone stuck being alive in 2019 should be issued a copy of this movie.

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach

    ★★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt 48 #23. A film from 1939
    and Film School Dropout 2019: Westerns of the 30s

    Rewatching this because I realized I couldn't remember anything except vaguely liking it, very glad I did! A character study with genuinely interesting women and a claustrophobic premise, you can see this movie at the root of many later classics.