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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★★

    Hiroshima Mon Amour is an exquisitely crafted film that examines the lasting effects of conflict and the complexities of human relationships. The film focuses on a couple's exploration of hurt and heartaches from their past, intermixing their recountings with powerful imagery of the devastating physical and psychological effects of the bombing of Hiroshima on Japan and its people. The film takes things a step further and illustrates that war leaves deep wounds for everyone on Earth and that there are…

  • August in the Water

    August in the Water

    ★★★★★

    My soul has been begging for nurturing, and August in the Water helped to satiate its needs. I felt as if a large body of water was enveloping me, soothing and scaring me simultaneously. The water was washing over me, cleansing me of my insecurities and uncertainties, but it was also confronting me with the fact that the world is much larger than myself. I am nothing but a bundle of cells among an infinite amount of other atoms. Despite…

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  • Black Panthers

    Black Panthers

    ★★★★

    Varda did the best thing she possibly could, which was to let the Black Panthers and their supporters tell their stories on their terms. Some extra context for anyone that follows me – I minored in Pan-African Studies. I am not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the Black Panther Party, but there were certain things I was looking for this documentary to touch on. Thankfully, it did touch on some essential details in an informative way.

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England

    ★★★

    A Field in England is an unusual and impressive audiovisual experience with arresting imagery and a perfect tune about a boy named Baloo. The film excellently conveys what a rough drug trip with shady people could be like, but feeling like I had a bad trip with these colorful characters isn't something I would say I fancied much. Every element of the film is top class. Unfortunately, despite the quality of the craftsmanship on display, it was a film I…

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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★★

    Incredible world-building, breathtaking visuals, a captivating story, an excellent score, and memorable characters are some of the essential ingredients for a film to be considered a masterpiece, and Akira has them all. The film deserves all of the love it has received over the years. I went in as blind as possible, only knowing that it's considered one of the greatest anime films of all time, and it went in all types of directions that, quite frankly, I was not…

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★½

    The people I meet and the experiences I share with them shape me into who I am. It doesn't matter if these experiences are good, bad, or seemingly unimportant on the surface; they all matter. To rid my mind of any of these moments would be to lose a piece of myself. Being able to erase the times I have hurt others from my memory can seem like a good idea, but remembering how disappointing and upsetting it feels to…