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  • Chungking Express
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • August in the Water

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  • Peking Opera Blues

    ★★★★

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★

  • Udta Punjab

    ★★½

  • The Fifth Seal

    ★★★½

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  • The Discarnates

    The Discarnates

    ★★★★

    Nostalgia is usually emanated within happiness, filled with a yearning to return and relive a time so dear to oneself. It is typically instilled with a mentality full of positive feelings and Nobuhiko Obayashi certainly is no stranger to this, often filming past time periods in a manner that reflects childhood impulses alongside an overall fascination with the world that is shaped by a youthful consciousness. Yet with The Discarnates, Obayashi taps into a completely different side of nostalgia that…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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

    “Quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”

    With Denis Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner: 2049 coming up, it never felt more an appropriate time to revisit the special gem that is the Final Cut version of the 1982 classic Blade Runner. A landmark of the science-fiction genre and the film that gave birth to cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence is colossal and its ideas feel more relevant now than ever. I was…

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  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★

    Couldn't ask for a much better intro to Zhang Yimou for me, straight up one of the most haunting final acts I've ever seen holy shit

  • The Fifth Seal

    The Fifth Seal

    ★★★½

    The reactions are way more interesting than the question itself, which I really don’t find that thought provoking personally, and so I just much prefer viewing The Fifth Seal as an exploration of how psychological obsession and its lack of control can fester in facets of life. In that sense, it’s a damn effective movie because it really feels like the four main characters are re-evaluating their own lifestyle choices (especially in a sequence when they return to their homes…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

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

    "I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher...but above all I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man just like you."

    It’s been a while since I’ve been tempted to write a long spoiler review for a film I truly love with all my heart. Well, after rewatching The Master, I’m happy to say that feeling is back and a long spoiler review has been written.

    War harms the very best of us. It strips us…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    [This review isn't great, but I like to think of it as a time capsule of my feelings back then]

    "Gentlemen of the court, there are times that I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion."

    As soon as this film ended and as soon as I wiped away the tears, I sat there astonished. There are not many films that are able to do that but Paths of Glory absolutely did.…