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  • The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★★½

    I am~

    So scared of ~

    The sheer power of South Korean melodramas~~

    This is a film that is well aware of its own excess and pokes good fun at it, especially at the end. Bong Joonho’s commentary on the staircases in the film also makes this film such a clear inspiration for Parasite’s attention to architectural allegories.

    Excited to watch the more recent remake soon!

  • Anatomy of a Murder

    Anatomy of a Murder

    ★★★½

    Good acting and a great deal of witty, sharp, biting dialogue (so much of this movie takes place between lawyers in a courtroom, after all), but the film dragged and kind of lost its pizzaz by the end. The dedication to moral ambiguity is admirable but neither shocks nor inspires deep contemplation by the end.
    I still hear James Stewart's sharp emphasis on the 'puh' sound as he said the word 'panties' many times in this film. Each time he…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

    You are just a bastard. A bastard in a basket!

    There Will Be Blood exudes a revolting but also seductive oily texture.

    Literally, Daniel seems to always be drenched in either the black, thick oil he is mining or his own perspiration (I just want to exfoliate his skin and unclog the pores and let it ~breathe~). Then, on a broader level, scenes seem to be coated with an uncomfortable layer of greed and madness - Daniel's love for his…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Kubrick’s eye for cinematic beauty is just amazing, especially in the maze scenes and Danny’s tricycle scenes. Every shot, every angle manages to have an eerie, warped charge, whether something actually scary is there or not.


    Admittedly, I spent the first half of the movie getting insanely frustrated at Wendy - Jack would flip shit on her and she’d just gawk with her wide eyes and whimper ‘I’m sorry Jack, I just wanted to visit you’ or something and I’m…