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  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★★

    So violent and so innocent. I honestly can’t remember if Araki had this many shots of characters looking directly into the camera in his other work but that choice is working stronger than ever here. What I really appreciate about this is how he’s capturing the manipulation in all forms of abuse. His use of shoegaze also does so much as far as romanticizing not these specific events but adolescence. I just felt very close to Neil by the end, as though I was one of those little moons orbiting around him. I'll never forget about this movie.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★

    Arriving veery fashionably late to this party BUT. This is way more brilliant than I thought it'd be. According to Denis this is her most heart-warming film and it's apparently, at its core, about love. That changed much of how I looked at this thing. She takes something like love, something that, to me, is codependent with time (for reasons that would require a separate essay) and places this "love" story in a setting like space where one could argue…

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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★

    I wouldn’t say I hate this. But the more I try and defend it the more I realize this was such an ugly and rushed execution to what could have been something touching. Like what is the Kevin Macleod type score accomplishing? Who allowed those “documentary” scenes to go on for as long as they did? It’s different! It’s interesting! Kinda? But the HIDEOUS end credits sequence was really the final twist of the knife. That bottom centered “Directed by Richard Linklater” SCREAMED that even he wanted this movie to just wrap itself up. Is a shitty visual aesthetic enough to ruin a movie? Apparently!

  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf

    ★★★★

    So funny. While this may be her directorial debut it feels like such a perfect bundle of everything I love about Elaine May. Hilarious, clever, a little sad, and different. So different. I'm not alone when I say for the hundredth time that May was way ahead of her time, but even if she was making movies today (which apparently she might be doing soon?) nobody could come close to replicating her work. Heavens!

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    You ever find yourself staring at a bonfire? Just zoning out and watching the flame change every second, feeling the heat, the energy, the anger, the tension, you get what I’m saying. It’s a beautifully hypnotic thing, and that’s exactly what Portrait of a Lady on Fire is. The only difference being that this brought me to tears in ways a bonfire never could.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Our expectations were high but HOLY FUCK