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  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★½

    'Does mom know you're here?'

    Eliza Hittman has done such a terrifyingly great job at visualizing the way society takes away women's agency over their own bodies. Autumn even looks at herself the way somebody else would: eyes, nose, lips, tits (adjusting the bra strap that's just a tad too tight), belly. She punches it until it bruises, swallows a handful of pills, pierces her own nose to try and regain some control.

    The same culture that produced clinics where…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    Bong Joon-ho is not concerned with subtlety. His messages in Parasite don't need to be unpacked through thorough analysis of camera angles, sound design or editing motifs. The film’s most blatant symbol - some sort of mythical philosopher's stone that supposedly brings our protagonists, the Kim family, wealth and prosperity - is outed as such from the get go, explicitly called out for its metaphorical value. And that's its only value: the way in which the characters handle this piece…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going to bleach my eyebrows i’m not going…

  • Pieces of a Woman

    Pieces of a Woman

    if i have to watch one more movie that will make me think “this would be a great limited series!” i am going to punch a wall and break my hand

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    I absolutely love Christopher Nolan as a director. I think he's a brilliant, visionary artist who, throughout his career, has been able to surround himself with other brilliant, visionary artists and has mastered his medium to a point of reinvention. His films break boundaries of genre, of blockbuster versus arthouse, of linear storytelling, of digital versus analogue. He blends metaphysical thematics with tight, gripping action in ways that show his immaculate control over his work. I'm constantly in awe of…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    A dazzling study of the female gaze that introduces a whole new meaning to the concept of voyeurism. Portrait de la jeune fille en feu is the first film that I have seen that both criticises the voyeuristic gaze and yet dares to acknowledge the pleasure that comes with feeling seen. Whereas other feminist films have - oftentimes very successfully - dismantled the male gaze by emphasising its oppressive and uncomfortable nature (Sofia Coppola is a master in this) or…