Favorite films

  • Her
  • Arrival
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Lost in Translation

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  • Captain Ahab: The Story of Dave Stieb

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  • Section 1

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  • True Stories

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  • Orlando

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

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    There're some spoilers here, so watch out.

    Exploring emotional and thematical landscapes delineated by Greek director can become harrowing experience to anyone ill-prepared for such a task. If any movie needs trigger warnings at the beginning (I don't really like trigger warnings, although they have some utility; but it is not topic of this note) this one - Dogtooth - is clear contender to be the movie, that needs one. It is fascinating movie; it is difficult movie; it is…

  • Normal People

    Normal People

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    Trigger warning: extremely sad man telling some sad, sad shit.

    It is hard. Don't get me wrong, it isn't hard to rate this series 'cause it is a masterpiece; experiencing it, that was hard to me. I couldn't handle watching more then one episode at the time. It is childish for sure, but this series wrecked this sorry-ass-depressed-as-f*** brain of mine. This story awakened something inside me; feelings that should remain dormant and undisturbed. Inextinguishable longing for people whom I…

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  • True Stories

    True Stories

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    Every dream has a name
    And names tell your story
    This song is your dream
    You're the dream operator

    I'm low-key obsessed with this movie, how hiper- and sur-realistic it is (sometimes the line between this two categories is blurred), how deeply humane and strangely warm it is, how it is playing with early-late-capitalism world of the 80s.

    And this music - it's hard not to vibe with it.

    PS "I'm 6'3'' tall and maintain a very consistent panda bear shape" - pure gold.

  • Orlando

    Orlando

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    Quiet mesmerizing, very in the spirit of our times but unfortunately kinda forgotten. Of course I'm in love with its fairytale-like poetics.

    PS Any associations to Favorite are spot on, but for some ungodly reason it also reminded of The Northman but I'm not going to elaborate on it. :P

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

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    Next step in my very dispersed Villeneuve's retrospective.

    I'm not going to write huge note about the movie; it is a modern classic. Period. Now - after 3rd rewatch - I am even more convinced, that Villeneuve is my favorite genre director currently working in the industry and Arrival is one the best high concept SF movies of all time. Canadian director has uncanny ability to infuse genre stories with rich arthouse-like atmosphere; his movies are slower, thoughtful but never…

  • Her

    Her

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    Mandatory birthday rewatch

    It's funny that I never wrote anything about this movie, although I believe it is a modern classic and one of the best, if not the best movie of 21st century, and I constantly am using it as basepoint in my other notes/micro-essays. Today I'm gonna try to compose a set of some brief – maybe a bit incoherent – impressions, as a kind of a present to myself.

    1. Signal breaks

    Sometimes I thought about this…