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2020 Year in Review

축하해요 to Lee Isaac Chung and the Minari cast and crew on reaching the highest-rated spot in our 2020 Year in Review. Congratulations also to Tenet director Christopher Nolan on finishing the year as our most watched director, and with the most popular film. As voted by you, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Pete Docter’s Soul are the three highest-rated films of 2020, while Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is the year’s most popular film. Dive in, or read our news post for some behind-the-scenes insights. The 2020 Letterboxd Year…

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Farewell Amor

Farewell Amor

★★★★½

hi friends! the coolest thing has happened! i have my first freelance piece up on the letterboxd editorial site!!!! this interview was so fun and i'm so grateful!!!
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There’s a subtle musicality central to the way Ekwa Msangi carries herself. She finds melodies in her words: “You hum the ‘m’,” she says when asked how to pronounce her last name. “Mmm-sangi.” And perhaps to a more subconscious degree, she speaks with rhythm, too: “I do think, and I know,…

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

an unexpectedly edgy, introspective exploration of female desire and obsession wrapped up in the guise of a straight-laced chess drama (once you get past the lifeless-but-necessary first episode). all bisexual girl geniuses know how to do is smoke weed, pwn boys at chess, doink french models, unhealthily cope with childhood trauma, and lie

Zappa

Zappa

★★★★★

I believe that Zappa (this doc) is unique in a big way that has nothing to do with Zappa. It felt like an appetizer that fills you up. Like a summary with an arch. It touches spots and moves on without dramatizing them but you totally understand the complexities that are natural to any relationship. Not dramatizing everything out was ingenious because that would have made the doc a bit cliched. I became aware of this when they started talking…

Mangrove

Mangrove

★★★★½

Major work in a deceptively conventional form, fronted by immersion into an underrepresented culture, backloaded with a ferocious courtroom drama. As usual, McQueen trains the camera on carefully chosen faces and spaces—most of his films would work as silent cinema—and never turns it away from rage and despair. There’s a lingering shot of a quivering colander that’s fallen after a raid; it’s heavy-handed and no less effective: A country is trying to strain the refuse from its stew. 

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A Canadian historical fantasia that blends together Guy Maddin, German Expressionism, war propaganda, Hollywood melodrama, and queer cinema in a wholly original way. Come for the satirical critique on patriotism, stay for the masturbatory shoe-sniffing fetish.

Happiest Season is hands down one of my favorite Christmas movies in recent memory, maybe even of all time. Not only is it absolutely hilarious but I had a smile on my face from ear to ear throughout the entire movie.

Dan Levy and Mary Holland are comedic scene stealers every time they’re on screen, but that doesn’t at all take away from the great lead performances turned in by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis. All of these brought to life…

I don’t think I can remember a time where I didn’t hear it.

The ringing.

The noise nobody but me could seem to hear. I couldn’t stand it. I had no idea what it was at first, but it was loud, and it was getting louder. I told myself it would just go away, but even back then I don’t think I believed myself.

When I was nine it got worse, I was having hearing problems, so I told my…

‘I want you all to panic’

Though the documentary on the surface feels remarkably by-the-numbers in terms of filmmaking in style at first, as the movie goes on you see how access and style come together to create a brilliantly human look at Greta’s life both in and out of her vitally-important climate activism.

What this film does in capturing the person, the 15-16 year old teenager at the heart of this film, is put us in her shoes. It’s…