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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

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    Seemingly birthed from the dust that surrounds him, a man wordlessly emerges from the desert trudging towards an invisible horizon, his face is weary and withered, his memory elusive, haunted by deep regret and intense sorrow.

    Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas is a melancholic and emotionally-compelling portrait of a broken man yearning for reconnection with a family whom he had left years ago. But much more so, the film is a reflection of America's emotional fabric as seen through Travis' strong…

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  • Naked

    Naked

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    Mike Leigh’s Naked is a riveting parable brimming with a scornful wit and a humanity unseen through initial viewing. The film chronicles the exploits of the sardonic and nihilistic vagabond, Johnny, a man first introduced as he brutally rapes a young woman in a back alleyway. Fearing the repercussions of his actions, Johnny flees to the streets of London. There he spends much of his time ranting to strangers in attempts to justify his pathetic existence by shaming the beliefs…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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    Paul Schrader's magnum opus, Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters, recounts the life of a man who 'lives life' on a precipice, Yukio Mishima, a prolific and influential writer whose avant-garde works often broke traditional styles of aesthetics with an explicit focus on sexuality, death, and notions of political radicalism. The film considers Mishima’s life in four distant segments, leading up to the last day of his life as he performs seppuku after a failed military coup.

    In stark black…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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    When directors say their sequel is β€œThe Empire Strikes Back” of sequels, rarely does it prove true. And yet it does in Avengers: Infinity War, and to a vast extent.

    Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel’s most ambitious foray into the superhero genre yet, culminating in the last ten years of the studios' existence. It is a bold undertaking that reinvents the Marvel formula, subverting what audiences have come to expect from a typical Marvel outing. At times, the film feels…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

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    Annihilation is a visceral and visually-arresting psychological horror thriller that blurs familiar perspectives of "good vs evil" and "creation vs destruction", contending that our strong beliefs in what is "right" and "true" are flawed and presumptuous. This is all wrapped up in an extended allegory examining mankind’s capacity and agency for self-destruction (Thanatos: The Freudian Death Drive); it posits that we engage in risky and self-destructive behavior in hopes to affirm our vitality and perhaps reveal something true about ourselves.…