Lise

philosophy grad turned woodworker
love films with stories
the smaller the story the better
would love to write a screenplay when I grow up
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  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

    ★★★★½

    There is a scene in this film, a background scene, that completely encapsulates the film for me.

    It is a scene of two shopkeepers judiciously sweeping the bits of sidewalk and road immediately in front of their place of business. In between the two sweepers lies a huge mound of sand.

    No matter how many times they sweep, within minutes any trace of their work will have disappeared.
    It will have made no difference.
    They keep sweeping.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    Oh boy. I would not have seen this if it were not for Olivia Coleman. 'Cause seriously. A film about a father with dementia? We know what it looks like. The entire film is done before we hit play. We know all the beats, we know what will happen, we know exactly when and why they will try to make us cry. We just know.

    It's *nothing* like that. Not even close.
    I don't want to say anything more. I…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    No matter where you go, there you are

    When I heard my grade 2 teacher say those words my 6 year old self was dumbfounded. For some reason, I understood. Ground your expectations. Know that no matter how excited your are about some upcoming event, you still bring yourself along. You will see it/live it from your perspective. It will not be as rosy as you imagined because you will be there with your moods and temperament and tiredness and…

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Dogtooth is disturbing. It creeps into your psyche and stays there for days. It plays like an absurdist comedy at first but quickly shows its true colours. It is a gripping, compelling, shocking and extremely sad story of three nameless nearly adult children who live in a world created exclusively by their parents.

    By "nameless" I don't mean that we are never told their names; I mean they have no names. The implications of this are enormous (take a minute…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…