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  • La Notte

    La Notte

    ★★★★★

    I feel this is one of the more difficult films to write about, particularly on a first watch, but I’ll give it a go. I know I’ll have more insight after multiple watches, but for now, I adored it.

    La Notte is an attempted escapade into a night brimming with extravagance and emptiness, and yet with some possibility to run from it. Giovanni and Lidia’s encounters with potential lovers represent that wish for excitement; for something true that they cannot…

  • Viridiana

    Viridiana

    ★★★½

    My first real dive into Buñuel’s work (I’m in desperate need for a rewatch of Belle de Jour), with his most scandalous, controversial release; Viridiana. The titular character is a young woman in the process of becoming a nun, when her mother superior notifies her that she must go visit Don Jaime—her uncle that has taken care of the monetary requirements for her clerical education. Once she gets there, Jaime becomes transfixed by the fact that she resembles his deceased…

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  • Hell Is for Heroes

    Hell Is for Heroes

    ★★★

    Obsessed, transfixed, captivated, fascinated? All words to describe my feelings towards the great Bobby Darin as of late.

    It was towards the end of November when I started to get into the late ‘50s-early ‘60s crooner/teen idol sound; this sort of music being made up of singers such as Paul Anka, Bobby Vinton, Ricky Nelson, etc. I’ve been into 1960s music for a long time (according to Spotify, it’s my most-listened-to decade), but I seemed to be concentrating on the…

  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★

    TW - discussions of child sexual abuse 

    This is one of the more emotional experiences I’ve had with Almodóvar’s work. It’s interesting how he continues to utilize similar themes in his films but they can either come out totally detached or packed to the brim with feeling—Bad Education stands out in this respect as it’s referred to the director’s return to ‘dark’ work (comparable to Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! by those parameters?) but manifests its difference by striking…

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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★½

    There’s a lot to say about this show’s power in making chess even remotely exciting. 

    (I’m absolutely joking. No disrespect to chess fans, I’m a totally incompetent person and have no idea even about the basic rules of the game.)

    Props to the creators for this very original premise, particularly I think the way it handles Beth’s addiction is unique and realistic. In the early episodes it establishes the reality of children replicating the actions of figures of authority and…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    I apologize in advance if this gets overly sappy! On this viewing, Roma affected me in ways it hadn’t the first time I saw it (though I still loved it when it came out). I think it might partly be the pandemic that has brought these feelings about, because I just miss Mexico. With every fiber of my being. I guess this will be more of a tribute to Mexico and its people than about the film itself, but Roma…