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  • Babylon
  • Aftersun
  • Citizenfour
  • Oldboy

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  • Babylon

    ★★★★★

  • Oldboy

    ★★★★½

  • F for Fake

    ★★★★

  • Babylon

    ★★★★★

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

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

    A+

    Perhaps it's only after having, or most likely adopting her first child that a grown-up Sophie even begins to try to understand her father’s actions 20 years prior. Her miniDV footage and “little mind camera”, as she so beautifully puts it in the film, are all she has to figure out who Calum really was behind the front of “Dad”. 

    The miniDV nearly exclusively captures moments of happiness and pure joy - going to get ice cream, waiting for…

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★★

    A+ 

    by no means comes together as a full, cohesive picture, but a rare case where i *just don’t care*, because Babylon literally made me tear up at completely random times because i was grateful for movies to exist and the fact that i have the privilege of seeing them. may sound cheesy as fuck, but that’s essentially what Babylon is all about - and i cherished every moment of it. i truly do believe that it has one of…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★½

    A

    i don't usually *love* revenge movies. i feel like trapping a story in the constraints where the protagonist's main goal is vengeance creates boring drama and results in one of two - either a predictable or an unsatisfying ending. Oldboy turns that concept on its head with one of the most thrilling, surprising, and twisted stories i've *ever* seen that works nearly perfectly on every level thanks to park chan-wook's unbelievable talent to manipulate the audience. amazing score & performances, innovative cinematography & editing, and genuinely one of the best third acts i've ever witnessed. can't wait to watch it again knowing the full picture.

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  • Melchior the Apothecary

    Melchior the Apothecary

    ★★

    C

    Melchior the Apothecary, the first entry to the Melchior trilogy is unfortunately a really mixed bag. Sure, it’s really awesome to see an Estonian film with production value so high - the film looks great and mostly feels expensive thanks to it’s wonderful costumes and slick set design. Unfortunately, the technical positives aren’t enough to cover up Melchior’s unbelievably underdeveloped, even predictable script and nonexistent character development. The film’s biggest flaw lies in the fact that the protagonist, Melchior, is…

  • Kalev

    Kalev

    ★★★½

    B

    Kalev - even with its flaws, simply *amazing*. if you told me that a writing team of Mehis Pihla, Ove Musting (neither of whom have written a feature before), and Martin Algus (who has written some films that i *hate* with a burning passion) would be able to pack so much political intrigue, wonderful characters, great humor, and thrilling basketball scenes into 91 minutes… i wouldn’t fucking believe you. yet they do. yes, it isn’t perfect (every line of…