Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Johnny Guitar, 1954 - ★★★★★

I wanted to see this movie several years ago when I was studying Nicholas Ray's filmography, but it was not streaming then, and even DVD Netflix didn't have it. Fortunately, Amazon Video has it now. It's currently free for Prime members. It's a classic Joan Crawford as well as Ray film. It has been read "against the grain" as a feminist text. There's also a "pioneers vs. homesteaders" theme that resonates in today's "conservatives vs. progressives battles" -- right down to vigilante mobs, lynchings, arson, and anarchic mayhem.



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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Promising Young Woman (2020) ★★★★ #movies #reviews

 


At the exact midpoint of this film, I thought that writer-director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) had painted herself into a corner. I was wrong. After a series of seemingly conventional plot moves, Promising Young Woman puts its own spin on some well-worn horror tropes to arrive at an ending that makes a significant emotional impression on the viewer.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

THE GOP'S THEATER OF SEDITION: A THREAT TO AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

When Donald Trump lost the popular vote in 2016, Hillary Clinton did not refuse to concede the election to him. Thereafter, the GSA did not slow-walk granting access to and funding for Trump's transition team. President Obama's political appointees did not restrict access to the Executive Branch functions that are key to maintaining national security. Instead, Obama made certain that Trump and his team received detailed briefings on all key aspects of the presidency. Moreover, Democrats did not challenge the 2016 presidential election results in every court venue that would accept a filing. They did not hold seditious rallies and protests featuring weapon-toting domestic terrorists. And they did not attempt to rewrite federal law on the fly to suit their momentary needs.

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I wanted to see this movie several years ago when I was studying Nicholas Ray's filmography, but it was not streaming then, and even DV...