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  • Panels for the Walls of Heaven
  • Hemlock Forest
  • Ponce de León
  • Cloud Shadows

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  • Tokyo Sonata

    ★★★★½

  • Nomadland

    ★★½

  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

  • Nichijou: My Ordinary Life

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  • Tokyo Sonata

    Tokyo Sonata

    ★★★★½

    Tokyo Sonata and Nomadland are the two films I've given a rating since making the decision not to rate films, not wanting to reduce the films I've watched to a rather arbitrary grading system and preferring the complex, personal workings of memory to help me determine what is really important for me. The rating for these two films lean towards practicality: in the case of Nomadland I felt that the 2.5 stars stood in well for the film's mediocrity, and…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★½

    I’m just going to put this out there: this is the worst film I’ve seen in a wee while and I’m honestly astounded that it garnered so much attention. Nomadland isn't really bad as much as it is mediocre and ultimately forgettable, inconsequential (on a personal level).

    There were moments where the dialogue and characters felt so contrived, so simplified, that my brain just shut down from wanting to engage with it further. It was as if complexity, contradiction and…

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  • Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

    Francis Bacon: A Brush with Violence

    ★★★

    Honestly this man's life and art has enough substance and brutal strangeness to uphold and transfigure, even a weaker documentary than this, into a mysterious interpretation that can turn most viewers into curious spectators.

    The documentary itself is rather standard and straightforward; a chronological retrospective of the artists' mist-covered life which is slowly and surely, but not even close to completely, unveiled by the charming guest interviewees, most of whom are friends of Francis Bacon, of differing intimacy, who each…

  • Sapphire Crystal

    Sapphire Crystal

    ★★★½

    An astoundingly realistic portrait of the upper class youth. A rightfully judgemental one that casts a sympathetic side-eye at the fleeting, irresponsible decadence that burns in the hearth of these young elites of Geneva, who represent an international group of wealthy young adults grouped together in our globalised world by a common pursuit of ostentatious glamor and incessant pleasure.

    Shooting the film on iPhone is risky but an undoubtedly appropriate aesthetic choice that is able to capture the essence of…