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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    10+ - A brilliant social commentary on the class system in South Korea, Parasite is a refreshing and exciting genre-bender, proving why Bong Joon-ho is one of the most talented filmmakers out there.

    Enjoyment: 5+/5 | Quality: 5+/5

    There are a lot to say about this film as my mind still tries to make sense whether I just witnessed the best film of the decade. Brilliantly paced with intelligent metaphor and social commentary, Bong Joon-ho's Parasite is perfectly balanced, both…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    9.8 - A beautiful revelation that is bathed in gorgeous hues, Moonlight is a deeply personal and momentous poem about a broken life.

    Enjoyment: 4.8/5 | Quality: 5/5

    i. Little

    "What's a faggot?"
    "Am I a faggot?"

    A question that even my 21-year-old self is afraid to face.
    Because I don't know the answer yet.

    ii. Chiron

    "I should have cried too much sometimes I feel like I'm just gonna turn into drops."

    As a man, I was told not…

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  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    8.4 - Jennifer Kent's sophomore feature, The Nightingale is a brutal but honest depiction of colonialism, racism, and sexism.

    Enjoyment: 3.8/5 | Quality: 4.6/5

    In The Nightingale, nothing is held back; everything is raw and gruesome. Discomfort spreads throughout the entire runtime as each frame burns into the occipital lobe, showing the unflinching terror that is brought upon by white men. Juxtaposing the cruelty of white men is the tenderness of the minorities (women and aboriginals); the ones that hide…

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★★

    10 - An intimate sensuality that through stretches the empty highways, Alfonso Cuarón's Y Tu Mamá También is an honest journal entry that encapsulates the breath-taking rustic beauty of Mexico.

    Enjoyment: 5/5 | Quality: 5/5

    Y Tu Mamá También exudes such intimacy through a private lense as if Cuarón invites the audience into this week-long summer journey where the air is dry and the water is warm. When the sun has long settled and the moon rises above the ocean,…

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    10 - A raw and authentic portrayal of cultural conflict, The Farewell beautifully balances between comedy and drama, proving that Lulu Wang is a master of her craft.

    Enjoyment: 5/5 | Quality: 5/5

    Am I too American? Will I lose my Vietnamese root?

    These are the questions I often ask myself as I reflect on my journey to adulthood.

    I moved to the US with my family on February 17, 2010. I was 12 years old. At the time, my…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

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

    10 - David Fincher's Gone Girl, a mystery thriller that toys with the audience's expectation at every twist and turn, examines the ups and downs of a marriage at its most extreme.

    Enjoyment: 5/5 | Quality: 5/5

    "Marriage is hard work."

    Amy Dunne writes in her diary as the seething resentment for her husband, Nick Dunne, manifests her mind. The Amazing Amy, as many may say, is just wonderful. She is a cool girl; the type of girl that would…