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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    Where saccharine hallmark style romance pictures depict love that lasts a lifetime, or love that should last a lifetime but tragically doesn’t, or love so powerful the feelings last a lifetime though the relationship does not, Chungking Express readily acknowledges that things expire. Expiration isn’t a sign of inauthentic love though, rather an indication of when that fruit, by chance, tastes the sweetest. So why not take a bite?

    In a sense, love on a day to day basis is entirely…

  • The Firemen's Ball

    The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★

    How could a film so light hearted and wholesome recieve such censorship and persecution, to the point of being banned in the Soviet Union? 

    The government at the time claimed it “insulted the working man,” which as we know is blasphemous in communist society. But in a film that was written and cast with an actual Czech fire brigade, is it not more of a celebration?

    The potential for allegory was too strong then in the eyes of the party,…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    What I can tell you is Parasite is an exericse in lean, nimble pacing and dexterous tonal shifts. With credit due to both the screenplay and the direction, it manages to create one of those filmic environments where anything seems possible. The result is a picture that covers a lot of ground and eludes simple characterization, but in short it functions as a surreal and darkly absurd dramedy with ruminations on class brooding in the subtext. 

    This dissection on the…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★½

    We, the audience, are the real clowns.