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Movie Review: The Devils (1971)

In mid-17th century France, Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu together enforce Catholic dominance across the country. In his fanaticism, Richelieu entreats the king to tear down the walls surrounding the small city of Loudun, which–while Catholic–is basically self-governing and (in his mind) a likely haven for Protestants. Charismatic priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed), who is beloved by the townspeople despite his known affairs with local women, has been in charge since the governor died, and he resists any orders to destroy his city’s defensive walls. Meanwhile, Sister Jeanne (Vanessa Redgrave), Mother Superior at Loudun’s Ursuline convent, experiences explicit visions involving Grandier as a sexy Christ figure…

Movie Review: The Sapphires (2013)

Loosely based on the real-life singing group (and written by the lead singer’s son), The Sapphires follows four musical Koori women- three sisters and their cousin- who tour Vietnam in 1968 to perform for American troops. They are accompanied by their drunken manager, Dave Lovelace (Chris O’Dowd), who is generally useless but seriously believes in their talent. While traveling the young women experience various ups and downs: the oldest, Gail (Deborah Mailman), fights to protect everyone else in an unfriendly environment; her sister Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell) embarks on an affair with a handsome soldier; Julie (Jessica Mauboy), the youngest, suddenly finds herself in the spotlight…

Movie Review: Holiday (1938)

Grant stars as Johnny Case, an intelligent businessman who’s worked hard all his life to support himself and is very set in a life plan to eventually quit his job so he can explore the world and himself while he’s still young. He falls in love with Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), discovering after their engagement that she is super rich and very set herself on turning her soon-to-be husband into a respectable man of wealth.

Movie Review: Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedic battle of the sexes moves the action to a current-day mansion (in fact the director’s own house) but maintains most of the same dialogue. The story concerns a get together of rich people who play at mistaken identities, nascent romance, classist snobbery, faked deaths, and general tomfoolery during a big house party.

Movie Review: Anna Christie (1930)

So a few weeks ago I finished Frances Marion’s terrific memoir, Off With Their Heads: A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood. This informative and funny book is sadly out of print, but I recommend anyone who’s interested in early Hollywood history and/or in women filmmakers to try and track it down (I found a copy in my university’s library). Her many anecdotes about silent film stars reminded how many films from the 1910s-30s I still hadn’t seen, and I was motivated to finally sit down and watch a Greta Garbo movie. The Swedish actress’s first talkie, Anna Christie was also written for the screen by Marion so it fit my needs perfectly. It focuses on the titular Anna, an unhappy young woman who reunites with her father (George F Marion) after a long separation.