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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    There's a particular sequence in Nomadland that convinced me this is the quintessential movie of the 21st century. We're shown a movie theater in a small Midwest town, and the marquee indicates The Avengers is playing there. Fern, a nomad who had to leave her house after losing her job and lives in her RV, stands in front of the movie theater, contemplating its big facade. This scene brilliantly represents the clash between the so-called American dream - the mystified…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    "The Piano Teacher" is a woman's sexuality in nightmare form. But it's no less intriguing or fascinating.

    Haneke brilliantly tells us the story of Erika, a 40-and-something woman who lives with her controlling mother. It's shown how disturbing their relationship is, which includes numerous arguments and physical altercation. One can see that violence is something common in their home because right after the daughter punches the mother's head, they're already laughing and hugging each other and talking about drinking coffee…

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  • Wonderwall

    Wonderwall

    ★★★★★

    An ode to the psychedelic aesthetics of the late 1960s, Wonderwall flawlessly relates to the dreamy, careless atmosphere of this colorful and fantastic period of history. In Joe Massot's directorial debut, we follow the story of an eccentric scientist who lives isolated in his quirky, dirty apartment in London. One day, after a minor domestic incident, he finds a hole in the wall of his living room, and, through it, he can see the shadows of a beautiful model dancing.…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★

    Inspired by his own childhood, Enrico Casarosa's Luca is a character-driven adventure with sprinkled lessons on self-acceptance and tolerance, wrapped with a coming of age summer romance. This is Pixar in a more conventional, back-to-roots form, in which convoluted and action-driven plots such as the masterpieces Soul and Finding Nemo are replaced by more contemplative, visual journeys that are very easily comparable to those by the Ghibli Studio. Not less adorable than other Pixar films, art direction here is once…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Once upon a time in Tarantino's mind...

    "There really is no story; it's just a day after day in the life of three people and we kind of hang out with them".

    That is, ipsis litteris, what Tarantino told the New Zealand Herald when asked about the movie plot. And that's not a small thing. That's something very important to take into consideration before watching this movie.

    Forget the revealing, character-developing dialogue. Forget the non-linear narrative that becomes solid and…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    You cannot capture a man's entire life in two hours. All you can hope is to leave the impression of one.

    Writing about Mank is difficult. Difficult, because talking about it requires approaching the myriad of subjects touched by Jack Fincher's carefully written screenplay. David Fincher's most personal project so far is bold, audacious, and aimed at a specific target audience - for that reason, I do not consider the movie particularly accessible or palatable, because it tells the story…