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  • La Collectionneuse

    La Collectionneuse

    ★★★

    Too detached for my tastes but this a pretty scathing takedown of the most insufferable bunch of d00ds Rohmer has written, and yet with such a light touch

    Also, Haydee staring into space not giving a shit is such a pandemic mood

  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★

    This is probably the hottest hot take I ever did took, but this left me cold.

    I feel the biggest issue I have with Jenkin's The Underground Railroad is a problem of time. Despite its ultimate length, we never spend enough time with people.

    This begins with Cora, who, despite being the main character, remains resolutely unknowable. We at times know her to be "special", other times see her as merely ordinary. But how does Cora see herself? In some…

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  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★★★

    If there is any filmmaker I want to be, it is Agnes Varda. Not for her filmmaking ability or creativity (which she has plenty), but for her wonderful openness to life and to the lives of others. Varda sees you, she sees you wholly as you are, despite her failing vision. Her gentle curiosity and warmth will melt your heart and so will her immeasurable capacity for understanding and feeling.

    In a film both smartly structured and yet sweetly wandering,…

  • Cities of Last Things

    Cities of Last Things

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    SGIFF: This year we have all women directed films in our feature competition and an all female short film competition jury

    2 min later~

    SGIFF Opening Night Film: sympathize with this dude killing his wife cos he had a shitty mom; women are the cause of men's woes

    Me: :O

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    Extremely disappointed that this was the pick for the opening night film of the festival.

    Much of the marketing behind the film are gimmicks that have no bearing on…