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  • Your Name.

    ★★★★

  • Luce

    ★★★

  • La Haine

    ★★★★★

  • Palm Springs

    ★★★½

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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★

    Truly a gorgeous, heartfelt film. I intend to do a more complete review after rewatching, but ultimately, this is in my personal canon of must-watch romance anime films (though I’ll be the first to say that I’m not a savant of anime, so my opinion is worth a lot less than others).

  • Luce

    Luce

    ★★★

    This is a thoughtful film that attempts to identify as a psychological thriller, but ultimately ends up trading in arguments around respectability politics and racial identity. Its greatest strength, besides the impressive acting of the core characters, is the exploration of the endless mental negotiations that black people must make, both in creating our own self-image, and crafting our public image. Its greatest weakness is how it allows the subtext of this tension to come to the fore, being actively…

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  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★½

    This doesn’t revolutionize the “groundhog day” quagmire, but it certainly brings a lot of levity and playfulness to it without sacrificing emotional awareness. Questions of shame, self-hatred, and anxiety serve as significant motivations in this film as it invites its viewers to identify with one of the two central characters and their emotional confines. One character jumps headlong into the present to escape the torment of her past wrongs, while the other clings onto the present out of reticence to move into his future.

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★½

    I intend to do a fuller review of why this movie may be one in my top 3 for the Coen Brothers’.

    For now, I’ll just say this:

     “Receive with Simplicity everything that happens to you.”

    A Serious Man is perhaps the clearest depiction of the ideological outlook that the Coen Brothers subscribe to and employ in their movies. A wry mixture of absurdism and magical realism create the backbone of this movie and its attempt to serve as a bulwark…