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  • Landscape in the Mist
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Columbus
  • Cléo from 5 to 7

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  • Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★½

  • Pleasure

    ★★★★

  • Pretend That You Love Me

  • Jasper Mall

    ★★★★

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  • Queen of Diamonds

    Queen of Diamonds

    ★★★½

    if i didn’t know better, the way some of the shots in queen of diamonds are set up would make me think that menkes has a background or at least an interest in psychology. i say this because menkes does a lot to play with our idea of attention, most notably with a considerable amount of distance from our protagonist firdaus. it’s only natural for the viewer to search for traces of continuity. menkes makes this easy by drawing attention…

  • Pleasure

    Pleasure

    ★★★★

    (don’t watch if sexual assault is a trigger. i thought i would be okay going in, but a lot of scenes left me shaking. some even made me tear up. have been listening to my comfort album let it die on repeat since it ended.)

    the first visual we get in pleasure is the most sanitized version of consent i’ve ever seen. our protagonist bella cherry is told to put up a photo id and a newspaper with that day’s…

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  • SHOP: A Pop Opera

    SHOP: A Pop Opera

    ★★★★½

    This short is an inside look at the inner workings of a person on the spectrum of ADHD doing their weekly grocery shop.

    ADHD is characterized by 2 main components: attention and hyperactivity. The (in)attention part is seen through the man's interactions with others, marked by strangers who even think the man is deaf through simple 2D animation. In contrast, the hyperactivity portion is seen by an assortment of jingles that arise when the man focuses on single words, breaking…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    a house is not a home. a house is tangible, but a home doesn’t have to be. a home is where life slows down and a home is where comfort lives. for fern, the distinction between a house and a home has been stretched thin, torn apart, and built anew as she continues to face the fallout from the 2008 recession, four years after in 2012. but, remember she is houseless not homeless.

    fern is part of the older generation…