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  • Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

  • Ed Wood

    ★★★★½

  • Eden

    ★★½

  • Once Were Warriors

    ★★★★★

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "I just wanted to come here." - "To Winkie's?"

    A dream. A nightmare. A fever dream.

    "Just call me Coco. Everybody else does."

    I want to write something about Mulholland Drive, but I have no idea what, or how. The film has been analyzed into detail to death and then some (it feels like the movie that could have given birth to the genre of [Insert film title] explained! videos on Youtube), and re-treading the generally accepted reading of the…

  • Berlin Alexanderplatz

    Berlin Alexanderplatz

    ★★★★★

    Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert...

    Forty years ago today, the first episode of Fassbinder's magnum opus Berlin Alexanderplatz first aired on German television, and it is my intention to watch every single episode on its 40th anniversary - a project that will keep going until December 29th. This review will get updated after every episode.

    The first episode, aptly titled The Punishment Begins, opens with our main character's release from prison, where he served a four-year sentence for manslaughter. Franz…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Whether you like it or not, it's impossible to deny the vast influence Pulp Fiction had. Countless films that came after it tried to copy its unique blend of eccentric characters, quotable dialogue, and violence, or tried to replicate its non-linear structure. Few managed to come even close.

    I, for one, love it. It was one of the films I watched early on in my journey to becoming a cinephile (it was a staple of all videostores in the late…

  • Ed Wood

    Ed Wood

    ★★★★½

    That's exactly how to approach a biopic, especially about somebody who, in our collective memory, is largely treated as a joke: With levity and love, making jokes about our protagonists without kicking down on them.

    Johnny Depp has never been better than here, and Martin Landau is easily one of the Top 3 winners ever for the Supporting Actor Oscar.

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  • Three Songs for Benazir

    Three Songs for Benazir

    ★★★★

    So you are telling me it is possible to make a documentary about fugitives living in absolute poverty in a camp in Kabul without just reveling in the worst aspects of their fate, but actually showing them as human beings with hopes and aspirations and agency? And you're telling me that, by letting us get to know your protagonists, rather than letting them remain a cipher that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse get unleashed upon, you manage to get…

  • Colette

    Colette

    ★★★

    I am torn on this one.

    On the one hand, this is a well-made examination of grief and re-opening wounds that are many decades old.

    On the other, there are at least three moments in this film in which its protagonist, a 90-year-old woman, is either at her emotional breaking point or well beyond it, but the camera keeps rolling mercilessly. At one point she is even commenting herself on how morbid she thinks this really is. It just seems…