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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

  • Hearts and Minds

    ★★★

  • Bernie

    ★★★½

  • The Wailing

    ★★★

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Call Me by Your Name is a rare accomplishment. Seldom can a film achieve such utterly cohesive beauty and permanence. Every colour, every glance, every word; every moment is a passion. It wears its heart on its tongue, and speaks it magnificently.

    And this heart is imbued in every minute detail. The etymology of "apricot"; the resurfacing of sunken statues; the fucking of a peach. Its feeling — its fervor — permeates everything.

    Everything feels so personal, and intimate, and…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    Burning is very much a movie that exists thematically. Its plot, an exercise in metamorphosis — a Kafkaesque transformation of identity. A run through no-man's-land; a fall down an empty well; a fleeting reflection of the sun. What's that, in the rearview? An effigy, maybe. A regret? Perhaps. I forget. Shall we dance it out? Strip it off? Burn it up. And drive.

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    I kind of liked Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, but first things first: the CGI on display here is excessive and atrocious. It honestly looks like a video game, creating a visual atmosphere that feels artificial and fake. At times, it hardly even feels like you're watching a movie.

    With that out of the way, Shang-Chi most excels in terms of its fight choreography. The movie easily has the best fight scenes in all of the Marvel…

  • Hearts and Minds

    Hearts and Minds

    ★★★

    It feels trivial to watch a documentary like this one, and immediately attempt to write a critique of it. To watch something so teeming with raw emotion, and view it through a lens of dissection.

    With more time separating me from my viewing, I'm sure I could begin to organize my thoughts in a more critical fashion. But as for now, all I feel is frustration and indignation. A general bitterness towards what humanity is so easily capable of.

    Movie-making…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Suspiria feels like a surrealist panic attack.

    From the vibrant colours to the puzzling environments, Suspiria is permeated with a wonderfully anxious ambience. There is a constant kaleidoscope of creeping concern, punctuated with horrific moments of visceral violence. It's an absolute delight.

    For better or worse, this impeccable aesthetic takes complete precedence over actual plot elements. The events of the movie act as more of a mood, rather than an actuality. Instead, it's the style of the film that's responsible…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    The French Dispatch too often feels like a parody of a Wes Anderson movie.

    The film has all the tenants of Wes Anderson's uniquely envisioned filmmaking; unfortunately, these tenants are explored to such an unrestrained degree, that they feel like their employed with scarcely any cohesive vision at all.

    Much of what makes The French Dispatch feel so disorganized is, ironically, its exhaustive use of narration. The audience is relentlessly told what has happened, what is happening, and what will