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  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★★★

    alternately calm/brutal, highlighting the desperation of rebellion & the banality of the state. is freedom worth this? more worryingly, is domination?

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★★

    as intimate as holding someone & feeling them breathe; these humans may not find *the* answer in each other, but they know that they found something.

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★½

    an early entry in the new golden age of horror that's struck over the mid-to-late 2010s. it knows precisely how to scare us in a way that means something. and, for those who say the young boy is annoying: he's supposed to be.

  • Secret Sunshine

    Secret Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    a heartbreaking exploration of finding hope when it's none of the places you look. as her faith first begins to waver, the real punch to Shin-ae's gut is not that God exists and he hates her, as she first suspects; it's that if he does exist, he could hardly care less about her, reaching out to her occasionally only to taunt her.

    we would rather be loved than hated, and hated rather than ignored. the truth, though, that is most…