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  • The Double

    The Double

    ★★★★★

    the whole doppelgänger thing is not the most original idea to ever be put on-screen, but Richard Ayoade found a way to pull off one of the most overused plot devices into some sort of Orwellian-Kafkaesque nightmare that feels formidably entertaining to watch. 

    i know most people would prefer Denis Villeneuve's Enemy because it's more thought-provoking and profound than this one, but i just really love the overall style of this film better. from the over-the-top cinematography to its peculiar…

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★

    although the film was beautifully shot and it efficiently gave me a claustrophobic sense as we follow Paula's slow descent into madness inside the apartment, i personally think that the mystery factor of the movie was incredibly lacking. despite Charles Boyer's wonderful performance as the debonair husband with abusive tendencies, the whole motive behind his diabolic plan was rather unconvincing—so i wasn't really satisfied when the twist was finally revealed. also, the suspense had a very weak build-up, which made…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    this is my first time watching a Sean Baker film and i must say, The Florida Project is one of the most elevating films i've ever seen in my entire life. the idea of Moonee's family and friends residing in a budget motel just a few blocks away from Disney World (aka The Happiest Place on Earth) while they struggle to survive an impoverished life is despairing enough to set a sad undertone for the film. however, Baker chose to…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★★

    a myriad of documentaries, TV series and films have sought to adapt the macabre history of the Holocaust on-screen. some of them tried to represent the horrifying events in a profound way, while some attempted to put in a satirical and lighthearted approach. however, none of them managed to create a very personal and heartfelt motion picture like Schindler's List—which is why this Spielberg classic remains a definitive work that stands out from the rest.

    although i admit that the…