billynotwilly

billynotwilly

Favourites are the last four films I've rated >4, sometimes an enthusiastic 4.

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    As derivative as this assessment might be; Zhao's newest very much feels like Reichardt meets Malick. The Reichardt parts work well, the Malick parts, not as much—but all in all, it's pretty good. Not undeserving of the hype.

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★★★

    A girl, a photographer, and a beautiful April morning.

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★

    Incredibly effective use of the animation medium, even if it felt a little choppy at times (but maybe that was the point?).
    Also genuinely chilling, not just in its depiction of obsessive popular culture and the distinction between online and offline personas but additionally in how forebodingly relevant it has become today.

  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    With a premise as deceptively scant as the landscape in which it occupies and characterisation so equivocal, Woman in the Dunes is a fantastical canvas in which any number of allegorical interpretations can be painted. What I can be sure of though, is that Teshighara here has made an entirely expressive and haunting masterpiece of suffocating domesticity, threaded with a sense of existential dread.