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Favorite films

  • Love and Anarchy
  • Brazil
  • All About Eve
  • Desperate Living

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  • Up the Down Staircase

    ★★★½

  • Blood Rage

    ★★★★

  • The Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★½

  • Taste the Blood of Dracula

    ★★½

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  • Closely Watched Trains

    Closely Watched Trains

    ★★★★

    Wars are instigated by impotence and perpetuated by men who need to prove something. The occupation of Czechoslovakia is the backdrop as Milos gets a job at the railway and flirts with Máša.

    At turns charming and humorous, I'll watch this one again.

  • Sweetie

    Sweetie

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Kay is afraid of trees, has her tea leaves read and can’t quite connect to anyone at work. 


    She’s superstitious at worst and aspiring to be spiritual at best but more likely she’s dealing with some baggage. She gets together with Lou through a series of omens: the reading of the tea leaves, a question mark, coins being tossed, and the number thirteen.

    Unspoken baggage pervades her life; when her boyfriend makes a romantic gesture of planting a tree for…

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  • Up the Down Staircase

    Up the Down Staircase

    ★★★½

    Sylvia Barrett arrives at her new teaching position in an inner city high school to find an enormous amount of red tape, and few reasons for the students to be engaged when they’re busy dropping out, getting beat up by their father, or just trying to make it against a system that cares very little about them.

    This is a touching film in the tradition of great school-based films (Blackboard Jungle, To Sir With Love, Stand and Deliver, Class of…

  • Blood Rage

    Blood Rage

    ★★★★

    It’s not cranberry sauce, Artie. 

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  • Black Roses

    Black Roses

    ★★★

    Adam Curry- look-a-like Damian/Fabian is the demonic singer of heavy metal band Black Roses, who tour solely to deliver your children's souls to the devil. Carmine Appice also stars as the band's drummer (if the words Deep Purple or Circus Magazine don't mean anything to you, then Carmine Appice's name won't mean anything either). A particularly catchy Lizzie Borden song and lots of overacting make this an endearing watch, but it's not quite enough to make it a great movie.…

  • Enormous

    Enormous

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    French comedy upending stereotypes and norms around pregnancy; they don’t apply here.

    Claire is career-minded, a touring pianist whose manager husband Frederic handles every last detail for her so that she can focus on her art. When he decides he wants to have a baby, he messes with her birth control pill.

    And she starts eating fruit at mealtime because her clothes are getting tight. She’s tired all the time, might she have cancer? Pregnancy is the last thing on…