michelle

michelle

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half of my brain wants nostalgia, the other half wants disturbing psychological thrillers

Favorite films

  • Amélie
  • Memento
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • The Matrix

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix

    ★★★★★

  • 2046

    ★★★★½

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

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

    I’m a bad driver, which is probably why I find it so thrilling (and a little sexy?) when Alana reverses that moving truck with nothing but momentum and sheer determination, taking corners like an absolute champion. It’s one of the funniest scenes in the movie - the silence of the street, the whine of the truck as it zooms by - but like everything in Licorice Pizza, the tone is never straightforward and never without an edge. The comedy is…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    The next time someone asks me why on earth I wouldn’t want kids, I’m going to show them this film. I want them to see it, not because The Lost Daughter unveils the “dark side of motherhood” or shows that mothers can be selfish humans or any of that headline jazz, but because it’s complicated. It shows, more clearly than anything, that motherhood is fucking complicated. And that even if you prepare for it in a million ways, you’ll never…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    When I watch a film, I search for rules. The rules of the world, the rules of the characters, the rules of the camera— these are the things that make film understandable. The Green Knight has rules too, but they’re never clearly explained. Instead, the film weaves a rich tapestry of experiences that makes us sense the deep magic of its world. Chivalry, honor, and legacy aren’t spelled out, but they can be gleaned in every frame of The Green…

  • Mill of the Stone Women

    Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★★½

    Don’t forget that I’m the only person in the whole world who knows everything about you. I’m the only person you have a right to love.

    It’s a trope, perhaps, but Dr. Bohlem is a scientist who can’t quite understand how love works. He revives Elfie again and again with his medical expertise, but he fails to realize that her debt isn’t his possession, and it certainly isn’t her love. Elfie owes Bohlem the blush in her cheeks and the…