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  • A Tale of the Wind
  • Moolaadé
  • Death in Venice
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  • Labyrinth of Cinema

    Labyrinth of Cinema

    Ōbayashi Nobuhiko’s Labyrinth of Cinema was a difficult film to write about. At 3 hours long, it is an undeniable epic, exploring countless ideas, taking the viewer through diverging thematic pathways, tangents, and emulating myriad styles of Japanese cinema, specifically war films of the 1940s. On top of all that, it serves as a history lesson, a rumination on the purpose of cinema, and as Ōbayashi’s own swan song. Moments feel elegiac, but, in a way, the film never ends.…

  • Cats

    Cats

    ★½

    I saw Cats. Cats gyrating. Cats with human hands. Cats wearing shoes. Ian McKellen says “meow meow meoooooow”. Victoria is a hot cat. Cockroaches dance. Rebel Wilson unzips her fur.... twice. There is a railway cat, cat of the railway. Jellicles can and jellicles do. The size of the cats keeps changing. Jason Derulo has no penis. Idris Elba shows up without his clothes. I’m uncomfortable when the cats take their clothes off. Some cats don’t wear clothes. There is…

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  • Two Acres of Land

    Two Acres of Land

    Trading feudalism for capitalism. Farmers are considered humans now. Land is power. The family works so hard to save their land not just because it has been theirs for 7 generations, but also it is the only thing stopping the ruling landowner from destroying the land, destroying the livelihood of the farmers and turning it all into a polluting, dangerous mill (sure he promises electricity, roads, in essence, this is progress, but to progress he plans to displace an entire…

  • Wavelength

    Wavelength

    Interesting! One of the few films to consistently make me think about what’s outside the frame.

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    Definitely felt the length with this one, and maybe some scenes drag, but god I loved it. Easily the most moving and compelling film I saw at Cannes. The extended prologue is a brilliant start to the film, so beautiful, sensual, haunting, and quietly devastating. Just fantastic, followed by a slow but consistent story of guilt, reconciliation, memory, and the struggle of continuing to live and create. Hamaguchi’s direction is subtle but perfectly displays the unstated emotions of the central characters. Hidetoshi Nishijima gives an astounding performance and the screenplay has to be the most emotionally impactful writing I’ve encountered all year.

  • Torn from Innocence

    Torn from Innocence

    "He looks like a good guy."
    "Yeah, a good guy for a bullet."

    Goddamn what do I even say about this thing. It's truly harrowing stuff, brutal in its honesty and bare-faced in its total embrace of unfiltered copaganda. Like, this sort of cop worship couldn't be satirized because of how ingrained it is in a conspiracy-riddled far right perspective, the same far right that appears to be a parody of itself at this point. I feel like there's no…