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  • Boogie Nights
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Magnolia
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  • Opening Night

    ★★★★

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★½

  • Faces

    ★★★★

  • Old

    ★★★½

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    wasn’t really planning on seeing this as i’ve never been too personally impacted by any of shymalan’s movies, but after witnessing weeks worth of insufferable twitter discourse over just one particular scene, i think my curiosity got the best of me.

    the main topic of debate has been the dialogue, and whether shymalan was making an intentional choice to have his characters act the way they do or if he’s just a flat out bad writer/director. while i was hesitant…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    cw // abuse

    there is a scene in the final thirty minutes of fellini’s la strada that will live in my head forever as a perfect encapsulation of what it’s like to be the victim of an abusive relationship. in the scene, the film’s protagonist geslomina is laying on a convent floor with her abuser, an egotistical street performer named zampano who was just released from prison for attacking a rival circus act known as “the fool” with a knife.…

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  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    ★★★★

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

    i think a lot of people underestimate how little it takes for a screw to come loose in the brain. it’s hard to sympathize with someone facing abrupt mental challenges unless that person is you or someone you’re very close to. opening night is a film that walks a mile in the shoes of troubled actress myrtle gordon, someone who i can only imagine is suffering from severe ptsd or something similar. the film portrays her mental state in surreal…

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★½

    i had such high hopes going into this to the point where i pretty much knew i was going to love it just given that it was a film noir directed by john casavetes. and somehow despite the mixed consensus i’ve heard from friends who’ve seen the film, i wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

    i watched the 1976 version, which is almost 30 minutes longer than the truncated 1978 cut that followed it, and honestly aside from a handful of…

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    i was not prepared for this. within the first half hour or so i thought i was ready to dive into a whole write up on why this film is essentially a less creative carbon copy of inside out, but it turned out to be just the slice of existential cake i needed in my life. i’m 19 years old and i’m at a point where i find myself hell bent on searching for my purpose, the thing, propelled by…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

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

    excellent film. challenges the widely accepted idea that hearing loss is a handicap in a very personal and nuanced way. 

    ruben is a perfectly flawed protagonist. this is both the result of good writing with clear character motivation and a good actor that can wholly embody the role at hand. this film has both of those things.

    by getting the cochlear implant he kind of enters an expensive, irreversible purgatory for which he never fully acknowledges his distaste. but you…