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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    I watched this with my aunt who had never seen it and is pretty wealthy. So of course, at the end, she turned to me and goes, “That was weird.” And I was so shocked! “Weird?” I gasped. “He didn’t have to kill Mr. Park. He did nothing wrong!” 

    I then went on to explain the pent up anger. The smell. The rain. The class war. I asked her to put herself in Mr. Kim’s shoes. 

    “I just don’t have…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    We are what we think. Our lives, that is to say, our ego (our sense of self), are composed of all of the memories from birth until this very moment. We are an amalgamation of everything we have seen, everything we have read, every conversation or interaction we have ever had in our lives. It's how we define ourselves. And, at some point in our lives, we come face to face with the reality that we are changing, and by…

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    ★★★★★

    One of the most important films about young male friendship since Stand By Me. A devastating, poignant, subtle, and beautiful meditation on toxic masculinity, identity, grief, guilt, and relationships. Lukas Dhont has crafted a film so exquistite, so breathtakingly beautiful, that I am quite certain I won't see a better film this year. It exceeded every expectation that I had for it. It left me feeling a wealth of emotions -- I cried (fuck, did I cry), I laughed, I…

  • Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally

    Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally

    ★★

    So incredibly dissapointed -- had been looking forward to watching this for a year now, since I had finished the Criterion box set. Was really excited for a "conclusion" to Ichi's story...but this was just NOT it.

    Sure, it was great to see Katsu back as the blind swordsman, and his directing was really fun and eclectic -- but holy fuck the script is SOOO bad here. So convoluted and complicated. No motivation behind any of the characters. But most…

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  • 13: The Musical

    13: The Musical

    in THE BEST number from the broadway show, which was cut from this incredibly unnecessary film adaptation, there is a line: 

    “if that’s what it is, then that’s what it is, at least until Disney can rewrite it” 

    And while Disney didn’t produce this saccharine sweet, bastardized knock off of the original broadway show, it sure as hell feels that way. this film succeeds (its only success) in doing what the musical actively fights against: being a watered down, amateur,…

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

    REALLY liked this one! I was a bit worried because of the negative experience I had with DEEP RED, but this was SO engaging. Tense. Good characters. Ennio Morricone’s music is fantastic here as well! I think now that I have a few gialli under my belt, I understand more of the vibe - which I totally realize now that Suspiria, while amazing, is not really a gialli. So I can’t expect those vibes every time. But I totally dig…