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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    AFI 2020: film #5

    "today is not a good day”

    one of the most devastating parts of life is not being able to get back to a happiness you once had, especially if it involves people you love. feeling that joy slipping through your fingers, time cannot rewind and only moves forward, and without your consent. relentlessly, painfully. adapt or die. this is a crushing look at that fight against time and change, but it's also hopeful, and eventually peaceful. the sound design was incredible and the hardcoded subtitles were such a smart move. one of the most essential and fitting movies of 2020

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    NYFF 2020: film #12

    “you take care of yourself”

    made with care and so much empathy. every frame is bittersweet and full of tenderness, touching on something hidden deep within the human spirit: the desire to keep moving as a way of survival. i have to comment on the score, which is sparse but moved me to tears every time it made an appearance, gently crashing in emotional waves. this is brilliantly directed by chloé zhao and universal in the…

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  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★½

    “nothing worthwhile comes easily”

    my jaw dropped at least a dozen times. ALL HAIL

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★½

    “i’ve been lying since the second i got here”

    i’m so fascinated with this, but right now that fascination is all i know for sure. this is layered in such a particular way that makes me feel in this moment like i’m missing something that’ll click into place naturally with time. i’m hoping that’s the case, because the potential is all there, i just have to think on it. and honestly, it’s good i need time to process because i…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    boyhood: who are you?
    moonlight: i'm you but stronger in every possible way

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    me: i hate musicals
    la la land: Hello
    me: rat a tat jazzy jazz Tap Tap skado Doodle Do ta-da! rootin tootin BEE BOOP shimmy shimmy SHOOP!