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  • My Night at Maud's
  • Yi Yi
  • Irma Vep
  • Colossal Youth

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  • The Girl and the Spider

  • life, like water, flows to greater bodies

  • Primavera

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman

    ★★★★★

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  • Journey to the Shore

    Journey to the Shore

    ★★★★

    As someone who’s petrified by the inevitability of death, I find some comfort in the ordinariness of Kurosawa’s conception of the dead in this. The dead are amongst and easily mistaken for the living, some don’t even know they’ve passed on, their emotional experience is essentially no different from their living counterparts. A supernatural riff on Sirkian melodrama, corny but still tenderly romantic score included, it’s practically a warm hug in contrast to Pulse, even with the regret and grief that so many of its characters are afflicted by.

  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★½

    More than Meg Ryan's unexpectedly compelling performance as a troubled writer, the grislier details of the crimes, and most aspects of the plot, I suspect I'll first and foremost remember the sickly greenish-yellow hue of the cinematography. At first glance, it's an ugly look, with shades and colors like those of an infected wound, but the longer I sat with the images, the more obviously appropriate the aesthetic became given the hideousness of the violence involved. The climactic reveal is whiffed, I'll remember that too actually.

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  • Residue

    Residue

    ★★★★

    A woozy, intimate, impressionistic debut, and a great one at that. The story is about Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu), a young filmmaker who returns from LA to his childhood neighborhood in Washington D.C. to work on a script. When he gets there, he’s troubled and disoriented by the gentrification he finds is revamping the streets on which he made the memories of his youth, and by the gun violence and drug use/dealing for which some of his old friends are doing serious…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    Dense and mystifying. It’s an unmooring in time and a maze of non sequiturs that Kaufman refuses to hold our hand through. As it does for Lucy, realizing that a relationship is on the brink of becoming serious, and the question of whether or not you should break it off, can open the floodgates to thoughts and anxieties about family, aging, the memories you have and will make, who you are now and who you'll be later. Kaufman wades through…