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  • The Witch
  • Gone Girl
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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  • Naked

    ★★★

  • Perfect Sense

    ★★★★

  • The Fly

    ★★★

  • Kung-Fu Master!

    ★★★

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★

    As of before watching this, I had seen three Akira Kurosawa films, which I sort of enjoyed, but which to me weren't indicative of one of the greatest directors of all time. However, lately I've found films of other great directors I didn't appreciate earlier that I've fallen in love with, so the enthusiasm to not give up on Kurosawa yet rekindled. I figured it was about time I didn't just try my hand again at one of his shorter…

  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    ★★★

    1989 saw revolutionary waves that resulted in the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe, the Cold War, and the existence of the Iron Curtain between Eastern and Western Europe; a.k.a. the Fall of Communism. 1989 also saw the 14th Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual, and back then also political, leader of Tibet, win the Nobel Peace Prize. Two events that precipitated renewed, growing Western interest in the cultural-political plight of Tibet, which eight years later culminated in…

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  • Naked

    Naked

    ★★★

    100-word review: Who would've thought that "yes", one needs a "David Thewlis going off on a nocturnal odyssey through the London underbelly, terrorising its denizens with his wit, which he adopts as an obvious coping mechanism" movie — a gloomier version of such 'just people talking' films like Linklater's Before trilogy and The Green Ray. This takes place in the Harry Potter universe. Eh? *flicks head*. Chafed Lupin literally states he's a werewolf in the first 15 minutes of the film (nice to know he bettered himself after realising 1999 wasn't the end of the world). Wasn't into the Jeremy/Sebastian plot though.

  • Perfect Sense

    Perfect Sense

    ★★★★

    100-word review: About as much of an antithesis of Contagion as a pandemic film from the same year can possibly be. A 'sci-fi' about individuals and emotions, not so much science (a bit like I Origins, which I adore as well). Perfect Sense showcases love and beauty under dire circumstances — circumstances that are inconceivably horrifying on paper, but not portrayed as such. "Life goes on", and director David Mackenzie explores this imaginary state of 'heightened/perfect sense' as the other basic senses are lost. Not your meat and potatoes, nor your “fat and flour” sci-fi, but a wonderfully elevating one.

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★

    100-word review: Somehow I managed to get through life knowing the basic plot of Cronenberg's The Fly, but not that Jeff Goldblum portrays the lead role in it — what a pleasant surprise! This right here is of course the ultimate body horror classic by the ultimate body horror director; it's every bit as utterly grotesque as you'd imagine from that status. Only problem: I just don't vibe with body horror. What I did vibe with, however, was how remarkably heartfelt the romantic drama was. Big props to Davis for selling that emotional finale, and convincingly playing her love for the deformed monstrosity.

  • Kung-Fu Master!

    Kung-Fu Master!

    ★★★

    100-word review: Featuring one of the finest, succinct clarifications of what Dungeons and Dragons entails. Similarly as to how Agnès Varda critiqued cheating by painting an overly idealistic picture of it in Le Bonheur, she critiques a much more controversial topic here: pedophilia, although I'd go as far as to make a case for Kung-Fu Master! as a film about a woman's search for lost youth (I do think, however, that it would've been a harder pill to swallow with the gender roles reversed). Also the strangest thing about it is how weirdly, and unshocked, Mary-Jane's parents enable her behaviour.