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  • Vertigo
  • High and Low
  • The Promise
  • Silence

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  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

  • Cool Runnings

    ★★★

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★½

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★½

    Difficult first half—so many people, so much architecture!—as if we’re digging through all the memories and material to finally get to the cold heart of the film: a man and woman’s faulty recollection of a previous affair. He’s overly zealous about it; she’s hesitant and wishy washy. 

    Memories about feelings and events are like that—they’re easily exaggerated, forgotten, warped in the mind overtime. Unlike the very concrete Old World wealth on display at the resort these aristocratic men and women…

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Rawwwwwrrr! 

    Sincere, but self-aware. 

    Kind of similar to what Verhoeven was doing with Benedetta? Provides an atheistic pov to a character motivated by religious beliefs, set in a distinct historical period. Less winking though, plays it straighter.

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    A movie about how the unknowability of certain things in your life--for the detectives in this movie, an unresolved serial killer case--can nag at you forever, even as you try to move on in life. So Memories of Murder does remind me of Zodiac, which I'd heard this being compared to often, with the distinct difference being this movie's sense of humor.

    The humor, provided mainly by Detective Park, a detective unhip to the ways of civilized police work, disarms…

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    We can’t help but lean into fantasy, especially the fantasy we have of other people (i.e. romance or a sense of connection). It’s a salve to the staleness of everyday, ordinary life. It’s a way to stave off feelings of loneliness. Engaging in it to a certain extent can be healthy and rewarding (story 3). But reality can be unforgiving and unsympathetic towards dreamers (story 2), which is why we often just leave our private reveries to the imagination (story 1).