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Top 4: most recent 4-star and above favorites

Too many movies, too little time

Favorite films

  • Billy Elliot
  • Häxan
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • All of Us Strangers

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  • Blue

    ★★★½

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    ★★½

  • Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs

    ★★★★

  • The Cell

    ★★★½

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  • Häxan

    Häxan

    ★★★★½

    An avant-garde, heartfelt feminist documentary in 1922 is such a ballsy move in itself. Häxan, an experimental retelling of women's suffering throughout history, is as bizarre as it is humanistic and is deserving of its place in cinema history.

    Divided into 7 chapters, Häxan provides an educational insight into the bloody witch hunts in European history. By mixing theories and real-life enactments, Director Benjamin Christensen never shied away from showing the cruelty of religion and misogyny, and his intentional approach…

  • The Elephant Man

    The Elephant Man

    ★★★½

    Not my favorite Lynch but it's still perfectly fine. Without his surrealism and dream exploration trademark, Lynch turned in a highly humanistic drama that shines more visually than contextually. It's too long for its own good, and some scenes had me rolling my eyes (both the opening and ending are ridiculous), but the message it conveys is undeniably timeless.

    Based on the story of a real-life deformed British man in the late 1800s, The Elephant Man takes on a biopic…

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  • Blue

    Blue

    ★★★½

    This is Derek Jarman's own elegy. When a person dies, his words are kind and his heart is blue, blue as the sky, blue as boys' eyes, eyes that witness all the beauty and bloodshed of the world.

    Blue opens a poetic portal into the mind of a tortured gay artist, who was at the end of the battle with HIV, and nearly lost all of his eyesight. Being one of the millions of victims caught in the torrents of…

  • The Color of Pomegranates

    The Color of Pomegranates

    ★★½

    So gorgeous and so influential. This is an important piece of art that would fit better in art museums than on the silver screen. I appreciate its historical view, but find this difficult to decipher and therefore enjoy.

    As probably one of the most revered avant-garde biopics in cinema history, The Color of Pomegranates structs visual flair and rich sentimentality at the highest level, depicting Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova's life story with inexplicable metaphors and symbolism. Every single scene…

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  • Close

    Close

    ★★★½

    Toxic masculinity is harmful. In Close, the tender, beautiful friendship between two teenage boys is put to test by a world hostile to male intimacy. It is flawed, but the message it conveys is undeniable and timeless.

    Hampered by its conventional storytelling skills, Close never fully lives up to its potential considering its hard-hitting subject matter, but it does have glorious moments that lure the audience in. The gorgeous cinematography ensures a visual treat, and the two child actors were…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    I know, Dune is as technically perfect as any other Denis Villeneuve work, but it's also at the same time boring, vapid, and overlong. There's a reason why I've been holding off reading Dune the book or watching the Lynch version, and that's because everything about the story feels hopelessly boring, and Villeneuve's insanely hyped, critically acclaimed version only reinforces my perception of it.

    My main critique of these larger-than-life, action-packed productions is the fact that they focus so much…