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  • The Devil, Probably

    The Devil, Probably

    ★★★★★

    For the last time, once for all, is there a God or not? I ask for the last time!”
    “And for the last time there is not.”
    “Who is laughing at mankind, Ivan?”
    “It must be the devil,” said Ivan, smiling.
    - The Brothers Karamazov 

    I was always intrigued by this film but hesitant when I was first introduced to Bresson. The subject matter and it being an original work he wrote just seemed so different from his previous works.…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    All my life I’ve grappled with the serious question: what do we do with human beings who are dangerous to themselves and others? How can I forgive like my parents forgave the woman who killed my sister? She still walks today, and I just read up a report today that she had gone missing in Lansing for a brief time back in 2016. Her ex-husband who had been of little to no emotional support for her when she committed the…

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  • Hannah Arendt

    Hannah Arendt

    ★★★

    Pretty much a 1 to 1 reading of Arendt's book and the controversy surrounding it that you wouldn't miss out on if you just read it as well as the introduction. Nothing else is really added besides your typical biopic tropes, most of which just distract from the point no matter how true they may be. However, it is Arendt’s words and this portrait of her that give the film some power, so for non-readers who want a quick overview…

  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★★

    Gotta love the John Cusack romcom universe where it rains every single night without fail, but never during the day.

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  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    Being John Makhmalbaf

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    I would listen to Céline Sciamma talk endlessly about how she went constructing these performances with her actors. Between this and The Lighthouse I think we are upon a fully fledged moment to bring back Bergman and Antonioni's existential island dramas. The minimalist style and isolated setting act as a cool breeze before this movie sets you aflame.