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  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • Vagabond

    Vagabond

    ★★★★½

    If I could host a dinner party and invite anyone, living or dead, I'd have bread and cheese with Barbara Loden, Agnès Varda and Andrea Arnold and we'd drink red wine from cheap glassware and smoke through the night.

  • The Kissing Booth

    The Kissing Booth

    I'm so angry I wanna throw up and punch some Netflix execs in the face.

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    I will never claim to know who Freddie Mercury was - but then again, I will never attempt to make a biopic about him. I do know, however, that this movie is an insult to his legacy, or at least, what I know of it. It is the most generic biopic I have ever seen, so completely devoid of creativity, style, courage, passion, that it depressed me. And I've seen similar biopics, it's actually the reason why I don't tend…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

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    This reimagining of a classic film that is very dear to me is everything I could have hoped for and simultaneously nothing I could have ever imagined. The power of a good remake always lies in maintaining a respectful attitude while recontextualizing the original piece, but I personally find a fresh perspective on an old story even more important. This one does both - there are moments that clearly pay homage to Argento’s cult masterpiece, but the…