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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

  • Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

  • House

    ★★★★

  • On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    - as a fellow hot linguist, i want to thank amy adams for this career-best performance and marvelous piece of representation.

    - there's really nothing more vulnerably human than staring wide-eyed into the unknown, armed only with a dry-erase board that says "HUMAN" on it.

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    - what did i miss, i literally blacked out for an hour after seeing sondheim and angela lansbury in the same zoom. what happened after that? is kareem ok? oh god, is natasha lyonne ok?

    - compared to the first one it's less organic and the build up is much more laid out and intentional, but despite its many twists and turns it still leads with its strong storytelling rather than the subversion of big picture expectations. as with the…

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    - it's a story of redemption. though if this is your first time watching this movie you don't fully know what for. in any other scenario, that monologue is the confession of a villain, but travis' slow passage back to humanity that takes place in the preceding 2 hours gives those words an entirely different complexion. i'm only kind of kidding when i say it's like a reverse joker moment - his revelation is nurturing and giving and freeing.

    -…

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  • The Wandering Princess

    The Wandering Princess

    ★★½

    - really feels like a missed opportunity. michiko kyo puts on a committed performance and tanaka makes a visual feast of the cinemascope format, especially for a colour debut, but that doesn't overcome a script that makes very little of some very unique source material.

    - even with a healthy knowledge of the sino-japanese war and the chinese civil war, i felt the film's treatment of the political context to be pretty shallow and muddled. i think that in order…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    - this got a hold of me in the opening sequence and just didn't let me go. this film feels like a memory.

    - for me the heart of this film is that relationship between david and his grandma. such natural work from alan kim and youn yuh-jung. as a child of immigrants, these relatives that drift in and out of your life love to talk endlessly about some place on the other side of the world. they might as…