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  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★★

    the ballet world is one of horror.

    as an ex-ballerina myself, this was way too close to home. in the world of ballet, we are taught to always strive for perfection. so you do, however unattainable that perfection may be. you slowly kill yourself over it. you find yourself becoming the worst version you can be – because ballet teaches you that you have to be perfect or else you’re a failure. you become envious of other dancers. you turn…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    “do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?”

    wow. i have no words for this film. nothing that can do it justice, at least. i’ve written many versions of a review that analyses the work of art that is portrait of a lady on fire, however nothing i wrote felt good enough. i remember reading somewhere that céline sciamma wrote portrait of a lady on fire as a tribute to the female artists of the past. whose work hangs unnamed and…

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    ahhh i really loved this. Baumbach and Gerwig write such interesting characters and honestly i think they’re both masters of great dialogue. this whole movie was one big verbal sparring match that felt akin to something like Gilmore Girls. it had the same witty intellect and humour, and the effortless back and forth between the characters was really incredible to watch. i found myself laughing out loud more than once at the ridiculousness of some of the situations the characters…

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    this film has me on the fence a little bit. i do think Vox Lux is strong, albeit flawed, and i did enjoy it. so i’m kind of torn with how i feel overall about it. 

    let’s start with what i like.

    i enjoyed the style of it, i thought it was shot and edited nicely, and it definitely gave me artsy Lanthimos vibes. the performances were great, Natalie Portman is fantastic as always, and i also found Raffey Cassidy’s performance…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    Fuck.

    Intense, claustrophobic, exhilarating, pulsating, anxiety-ridden madness. I feel out of breath. I never thought I would be saying the name Adam Sandler next to the words fantastic performance, but it was (a fantastic performance) and Adam Sandler definitely gave it, so here we are. Way better than I expected this to be, that’s for damn sure.