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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    "from my rotting body flowers shall grow, and i am in them, and that is eternity."
    - edvard munch

    fear and grief and the unthinking heartless gorgeousness of nature; the horror and bliss that come with total loss of self. what a cold beautiful nightmare of a film.

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★★

    i remember being absolutely awestruck when i watched velvet goldmine for the first time - it was like seeing my heart and my mind bedazzled and laid out on screen. the world that todd haynes created seemed like a dream world to me then, a million miles away from my life in taipei.

    almost a year and a life-changing move later, i still love velvet goldmine as much as ever but in a wonderfully different way. it feels so much…

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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★★★

    have you ever cried actual tears of joy? i have, thanks to MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN.

    i've been having a pretty emotionally unstable summer but MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN gave me two hours of pure joy and sunshine and ocean and ABBA and i cannot put into words how much i love it for that. it's beautiful in its simplicity, infinitely charming in its big-hearted lust for life. also CHER is in it! what's not to love about a movie that lives life in joyous capital letters!

  • The Dreamers

    The Dreamers

    ★½

    an insipid waste of time, not half as daring or subversive as it fancies itself to be. it's easy to see why everyone on tumblr was so obsessed with this film - its images of messy parisian hedonism align perfectly with 2014 tumblr's worship of empty aesthetic - but it's lost a great deal of charm in the ensuing years, the listless voiceover and wishy-washy politics watering down an already lifeless narrative.

    (also there are many gross things in this…

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  • To the Bone

    To the Bone

    ★★★

    i'm the ‪girl who sees keanu reeves and says "are you trying to turn me straight"‬

  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★★

    i was lucky enough to attend a screening with a director q&a afterwards, in which francis lee revealed that one of his biggest influences for this film was pretty woman to everyone's delight.

    other highlights:
    - the sounds of the yorkshire countryside are very key to the film; gheorghe has his own special wind sound that follows him through the film and remains after he has left, like an audio haunting
    - bird sounds in the film are also significant…