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  • Waiting for Happiness
  • Tih Minh
  • The Night
  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

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  • The Hour of the Furnaces

    ★★★★

  • They Live by Night

    ★★★½

  • The House of the Angel

    ★★★½

  • Pyaasa

    ★★★★

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    I rewatched this on Christmas day with my good friend Jonathan, and spent the next few days trying to figure out how I would write about this film. Letterboxd has gone to shit over the holiday season, and so I finally felt motivated to start my own blog where I wrote an extended piece on the movie. I'd appreciate if it could be given a read, I'd transfer it straight here but I don't think it would look visually appealing on this site given its length, and I liked using stills to illustrate different points.

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  • The House of the Angel

    The House of the Angel

    ★★★½

    Shadowy gothic drama with a double dose of repression (both inside and out). Couldn't help but think of how much this felt like a proto-The Holy Girl. At the very least it provides some context for Martel's interests i.e. the milieus she's operating in and the subjects she's dealing with. I'm shortchanging the film by merely highlighting that though, there's a lot going on here which fascinated me, especially the level of narrative obfuscation which occurs and the deft balance of its metaphorical inclinations (not unlike say...The Silences of the Palace).

  • Vikram

    Vikram

    ★★★½

    Let there be carnage

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  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    Incredible. One of the most deceptively complex films I've ever seen, with a setup that seems startlingly simple and straightforward but slowly reveals layers upon layers of ideas and emotions. What struck me the most was how these two men attempted to reconstruct memories from their past, perhaps as a way of exorcising these difficult feelings that they've had for years but also raising feelings of regret and longing for the idealism that they strived for in their younger days.…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★

    Between this and Three Billboards, audiences at TIFF can screw off.