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  • Manhunter

    ★★★

  • Phone Booth

    ★★★½

  • Twelve Monkeys

    ★★★★

  • Cutter's Way

    ★★★

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★

    Asian Cinema Challenge 2021

    Ikiru is a film with an utter plethora of raw pathos. It has a grand beauty about it whether it be from the emotional naturalistic acting, the melancholic cinematography, or the existentialism that pervades its story.

    The messaging of this film is akin to Nietzsche's brand of existential nihilism, not in the classic form that most people associate, but with the philosophy of accepting your mortality and attempting to gain some meaning to your limited existence.…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

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

    I wrote this for my application for Chapman University for Film Analysis just wanted to share, hope you enjoy:

    “The Lighthouse” is the best film of the year so far, and I am unsure it will be surpassed by anything. It contains the best performance of the year by Willem Daffoe, amazing sound design, a bone-chilling score, powerful editing, a hauntingly beautiful black and white cinematography, and period accurate set design and dialogue that builds a sense of ever-growing dread…

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  • City of God

    City of God

    ★★★★½

    I haven't seen a great movie in a while, so watching this was so refreshing. One of the most well-crafted gangster movies ever made. The editing is electrifying and carries the film's pacing to an exhilarating tempo. The grit is matched by the stylized presentation, which both assist to make the film stand out from the oversaturated gangster subgenre. Unlike other organized crime films, I could actually connect with the characters because there was a base level of humanity in…

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★½

    My first Wong Kar-Wai film i’ve sincerely enjoyed. Unlike his other films I’ve seen, I wasn’t disengaged with the narrative. It still contains some of his motifs I dislike, such as scenes of low shutter speed and repeated grating, musical motifs, but they didn’t detract from the quality of the film. I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of his work, but at least this film made me more aware of his talent.

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  • Mother

    Mother

    ★★★★½

    Moms are the ultimate badasses 

    Bong Joon-Ho is a master of shifting tones. Many scenes can be interpreted as either disturbing and suspenseful or comical and charming. This gives his films such a unique “taste,” which makes the film intensely engrossing. He knows exactly when to build tension and when to release it, but you never fully feel relieved as the story progresses. 


    I also appreciate the subject matter, it’s clear to me that Joon-ho understands the perspective of motherhood…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt 52

    Portrays a great sense of dread, whilst being one of the most visually stunning films