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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    I’ll start off this review with a quote from my favorite comedic offender, Ricky Gervais: “If you can laugh in the face of adversity, you’re bullet-proof”. This satire is dense with irreverent humor and a lot of misplaced optimism, but what ensues are tonal shifts that hit you like Jojo’s grenade-

    -after all, black paint looks starker on a white surface than a grey one. 

    This is a graceful, balanced, heartfelt movie. It carries such a powerful message, especially for our…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    In psychology, there’s this word called sublimation. It’s when sadness and pain gets turned into something beautiful; like art, a poem, a movie. Dare I say so early on in this review, like Arrival

    Sci-fi is a vessel for storytelling. It constructs a stage for romance, sacrifice, heroes, sorrow and love to play out. It’s been years and I still haven’t experienced anything which has moved me or taught me as much as this film has. Cinematography and linguistics are…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★★★

    Attachment does strange things to people. It swings its legs atop a wall that borders love & obsession, blind to the fall. It leads to unrequited emotions, lies, giving too much, realizing too little, overthinking, sappiness as such. It’s complicated.

    And to me, that’s exactly what Silver Linings Playbook is: complicated, raw, melancholic and sweet. Never one-sided, never dismissive of the duality & bitterness of things- life, emotions. It’s a story of two people- damaged goods, finding each other & themselves at the…

  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★★★★

    I was trying to put this into words in my film class today- we were talking about what type of movie we like best. This is the perfect example of what I love; movies that regardless of budget, story, or genre speak to a much greater purpose and give into this obsessive gravitation I have of using literature, films, poetry, music and art as a way to process my feelings and understand why things happen the way they happen. 

    I…

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  • Joker

    Joker

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

    This movie is about as perfect as a film can get. It’s dark and untamed with the right amount of madness, wallows in gritty disturbance and is absolutely unforgiving with its characters. In its entirety, it’s nothing less than a masterpiece, but only Joaquin Phoenix could’ve portrayed this tangle of thorns in such a bitter, acidic way.
         
    What accompanies Hildur Guðnadóttir’s haunting score and Lawrence Sher’s cinematography is a conflicting approach to reality and trust. What is…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    There isn't much one can add to a mass of reviews about a movie considered to be the greatest ever made. A movie where colors are not just colors and flowers are not just flowers. There is also nothing I can write which will do it any justice apart from this: Vertigo makes you feel. Which is the greatest power any film can have.

    When Scottie is dizzy, you are dizzy. When there is love, you feel love. When someone…