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  • Seven Beauties

    ★★★★½

  • Mad God

    ★★★★

  • Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★

  • Life Is Beautiful

    ★★

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  • Seven Beauties

    Seven Beauties

    ★★★★½

    The first alternative film we discussed on the Life is Beautiful episode of Because You Watched

    As irreverent and inflammatory as any Lina Wermüller piece, Seven Beauties actually manages to be a powerful indictment of fascist collaboration. As is usual for her, the director uses sexual dynamics of domination and submissiveness to exemplify political relations, except here the submissiveness isn't a quality of the victims (as it could have easily been), but of the state lapdogs.

  • Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful

    ★★

    The final episode of Batch 1 of Because You Watched is finally out! We also released a "batch review" special where we go over and recap all the first 10 episodes if you want to check that out.

    In the episode, we're joined by Holocaust cinema researcher Archie Wolfman to talk about the controversial Life is Beautiful, a film which I'm mellow on just because I see the powerful impact it has on some people, though I don't share any…

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  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★★

    I travelled to Berlin only to see this. Tsai Ming-liang’s cinema has given so much to me that I thought it only fair to give something back. I was pressed by the desire to finally, for the first time, see one of his films on the big screen, and motivated by the confidence that none of his previous works had disappointed me. I was not expecting disappointment, but I was also not expecting this.

    Funnily enough, despite the fact that…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    Disclaimer: this is one of the longest pieces I’ve ever posted on Letterboxd, as it’s around 2600 words long. I’m not expecting many (if any) people to read all of it, but it was only fair to dedicate this amount of space to a project as long and complex as The Return. If you do decide to read it, I appreciate it, and I probably owe you one.

    In the scene that opens the second season of Twin Peaks, special…