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  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★★

    So violent and so innocent. I honestly can’t remember if Araki had this many shots of characters looking directly into the camera in his other work but that choice is working stronger than ever here. What I really appreciate about this is how he’s capturing the manipulation in all forms of abuse. His use of shoegaze also does so much as far as romanticizing not these specific events but adolescence. I just felt very close to Neil by the end, as though I was one of those little moons orbiting around him. I'll never forget about this movie.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★

    Arriving veery fashionably late to this party BUT. This is way more brilliant than I thought it'd be. According to Denis this is her most heart-warming film and it's apparently, at its core, about love. That changed much of how I looked at this thing. She takes something like love, something that, to me, is codependent with time (for reasons that would require a separate essay) and places this "love" story in a setting like space where one could argue…

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  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★★

    I want the opossum with the human-like shoulders in episode 3. He’s so good at guitar. Give him a spinoff already!!! Cmon!!

  • Lovers Rock

    Lovers Rock

    ★★★★

    NYFF

    This is one of those where you don’t fully appreciate what it did to you until it’s over. I was craving a rewatch within 30 seconds of finishing it. Or maybe I just wanted to revisit the rich environment McQueen was able to so carefully capture through film. Soaked in shades of orange and hypnotic music, this made me really miss being at parties. I don’t even want to think about how beautiful this would be in a theatre.

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    You ever find yourself staring at a bonfire? Just zoning out and watching the flame change every second, feeling the heat, the energy, the anger, the tension, you get what I’m saying. It’s a beautifully hypnotic thing, and that’s exactly what Portrait of a Lady on Fire is. The only difference being that this brought me to tears in ways a bonfire never could.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Our expectations were high but HOLY FUCK