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  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    ★★★★

    I'm doing another challenge, so if you want to recommend a film for me to watch click on this link.

    Kim takes a simple concept - the four seasons as metaphors for life - and presents it in a simple, beautiful, and engaging way. The old monk teaches his apprentice many lessons, some of which he gets and others he clearly doesn't. The floating monastery in the mountains is a great setting, and Kim takes advantage not just through the visuals but the way the characters interact with nature.

  • Cosmos

    Cosmos

    ★★★½

    I'm doing another challenge, so if you want to recommend a film for me to watch click on this link.

    I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't that. It's absurd and incomprehensible, but in a good way (I think). Zulawski won Best Director at Locarno for this, and it's easy to see why, as his presence is constantly felt. Possession is one of my all-time favorites, but the other two Zulawski films I've now seen (this and On the Silver Globe) don't really come close for me despite both being good.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    It took until 2018, but 2017 has its first 5-star film for me. Anderson (serving as director and DP) is so precise with his compositions and camera movements, and has cemented himself as one of the best directors of actors out there (Sandler in PDL, DDL in TWBB, Phoenix/Hoffman in The Master, and the list goes on). I like Paul Dano in There Will Be Blood, but he was barely able to hold his own against Daniel Day-Lewis (which I'm…

  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

    ★★★★★

    This is not torture porn. Yes, it's extremely violent and disturbing, but the torture is not exciting and revolting like the Saw sequels or Hostel. It's horrific and depressing. The acting is top notch, and Alaoui is reminiscent of Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc at times. This is an incredibly powerful, disturbing, terrifying, and well-made film, and, if you can stomach it, absolutely worth the watch. It is truly a modern horror masterpiece. Just don't expect to feel good for several days while it's still in your mind.