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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • A Hero
  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • The Northman

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  • Life, and Nothing More...

    ★★★½

  • Beau Travail

    ★★★★

  • Le Petit Soldat

    ★★★

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Maybe the most profound theatrical experience I've had since seeing Portrait of a Lady on Fire in 2019. I genuinely feel like I've exited a very different person than when I entered. Every single moment in this three-hour rumination on loss and grief is itself complex, captivating, and overflowing with humanity. And at the center of it all is some of the most layered, nuanced, and compelling character portrayals I've seen in literally any movie. Far and away, the best film of 2021, and one of the best films of the 21st century period.

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    Today, as of writing, marks my 21st birthday, on which I celebrate not only another year spent alive on this earth but another year living as an adult. Usually, around this time, I tend to look back and reflect on my life and compare myself now to who I was before. As I've progressed into adulthood, I frequently think back to myself as a child; curious, open-minded, and untainted by the cynicism of the world. As adults, we tend to…

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  • Life, and Nothing More...

    Life, and Nothing More...

    ★★★½

    An intriguing semi-sequel to Where Is My Friend's House?, contains many of the aesthetic and thematic elements that have endeared me to so much of Kiarostami's work, even if this doesn't exactly hit the same sort highs that others have more me.

  • Beau Travail

    Beau Travail

    ★★★★

    Between High Life, 35 Shots of Rum, and now this, I'm starting to think that Claire Denis maybe one of most remarkable cinematic voices working today. Beau Travail conveys its narrative primarily through visuals with only sparse moments of dialogue sprinkled throughout, yet the emotions and character dynamics are illustrated so clearly and so beautifully. A truly captivating and potent experience.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    “I’m thinking of ending things. Once this thought arrives, it stays. It sticks. It lingers. It dominates. There’s not much I can do about it. Trust me. It doesn’t go away. It’s there whether I like it or not. It’s there when I eat. When I go to bed. It’s there when I sleep. It’s there when I wake up. It’s always there. Always.”

    It's been two days since I first watched I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and it hasn't…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★

    Seeing this in a theater back-to-back with Petite Maman was a bizarre experience. Imagine immediately going from one of the most wholesome and therapeutic films you've ever seen into this violent and utterly unhinged nightmare. The whiplash was intense. With that aside though, the movie itself actually fucking rocks. Following her 2016 debut, the intimate yet savage Raw, Julia Ducournau ups the ante in just about every way with Titane. A bold and kinetic whirlwind of graphic violence, skin-crawling body…