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  • Ikiru
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  • The Long Goodbye
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  • Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★★

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

  • The Master

    ★★★★★

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    Although not technically the first Studio Ghibli movie, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind set the foundation for everything that we have come to love most in their long body of work from over the years – we nonetheless still recognize it as one of their films. Being only the second feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki as well as the first to have been based upon his own property, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind not only…

  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★★

    I’ve been on the verge of suicide at numerous points of my life. I keep trying to convince myself that everything is going to get better; yet nothing I find out of my life is set to really change that. Even my own peers seem to be of no use to me anymore, even when I feel like they’re supposed to be the ones I trust most. My whole life feels like I’m just stuck inside of a void that…

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  • Original Cast Album: Company

    Original Cast Album: Company

    ★★★★★

    "Somebody hold me too close
    Somebody hurt me too deep
    Somebody sit in my chair
    And ruin my sleep
    And make me aware
    Of being alive
    Being alive"

    There's a part of me that wants to see how a musical like Company could translate into a film, but I don't know how we can see another film that'll match the same energy that this brings out. Every moment in this film just captures an agony that the characters that Stephen…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    Mike Mills just knows his ways to cutting deep, but I think the charm of watching a film like this comes solely from how he's able to make the viewer see a side of themselves in his characters. This isn't just the case for Joaquin Phoenix's Johnny, but also in Woody Norman's performance as his nephew Jesse - maybe being one of the best child performances that I've seen in recent memory. Mills understands his relationship not simply as being…

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    (NOTE 12/02/2019): This is not exactly my best writing - as I was only starting to develop my skills as a teenager with writing single paragraph-long reviews, but eventually I plan to write a more detailed review explaining why this is my favourite film of all time to take over this space. I will leave this old review up for keepsakes, but I will also include the new text to be visible first in the foreseeable future.

    Before I begin,…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    I'm an especially reclusive person. I don't even know if I've ever managed to have a social life the way I wanted because, to say the least, I've lived my life as a hermit. I think this is a fairly known fact about me, and it isn't surprising about the sort of person that I am, I've been living a lonely person. I've never been a particularly good communicator. I'm already nearing my 19th birthday as I'm writing this and…