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  • Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★½

  • Queen & Slim

    ★★★

  • Saloum

    ★★★½

  • Black Panther

    ★★★½

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★★

    It took me a while to get around to writing this updated review, about a week since I rewatched Days for the third time at the London Film Festival. The reason is that I want to make this a slightly longer, more detailed review than most of the ones that I churn out in half an hour, and I’ve been working on a video essay script (What is Slow Cinema?) that is going to take several days to edit. Moreover,…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    Disclaimer: this is one of the longest pieces I’ve ever posted on Letterboxd, as it’s around 2600 words long. I’m not expecting many (if any) people to read all of it, but it was only fair to dedicate this amount of space to a project as long and complex as The Return. If you do decide to read it, I appreciate it, and I probably owe you one.

    In the scene that opens the second season of Twin Peaks, special…

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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★½

    Cocteau fully embraces the fairy tale nature of the original story, throwing you into a world of magic and mystery, full of set rules that are as esoteric as the unexplained wonders of the Beast's castle. The sequence of Belle first entering the castle perfectly encapsulates this sense of wonder: she moves like through molasses, with strong wind currents pushing against her, or at times she glides effortlessly, much like in a dream. What a gorgeous film, an outstanding visual achievement.

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

    Martin McDonagh's most mature effort thus far. It follows a central conflict whose catalyst is incredibly mundane, but which is constantly escalated by the two characters' stubbornness and blind adherence to a tacit code of honour, until it fully blows out of proportion.

    The dynamic between Padràic and Colm is a familiar one, almost reminiscent of a comedy duo or even of the two actors' In Bruges personas, albeit in a way that makes them feel more human than "scripted".…

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★★

    I travelled to Berlin only to see this. Tsai Ming-liang’s cinema has given so much to me that I thought it only fair to give something back. I was pressed by the desire to finally, for the first time, see one of his films on the big screen, and motivated by the confidence that none of his previous works had disappointed me. I was not expecting disappointment, but I was also not expecting this.

    Funnily enough, despite the fact that…

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    LFF #6 – Top 100 Directors Challenge: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

    There is always an implicit worry when directors who are known for being distinctly "local" suddenly travel halfway through the world to film in a different country, with different actors speaking a different language. Yet, Memoria never feels like a departure from Apichatpong's previous projects; rather, it's an amplification of them.

    In truth, this was to be expected. Even in his native Thailand, Apichatpong never confined himself to a single region…