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  • Film Socialisme

    Film Socialisme

    ★★★★★

    "when the law is wrong justice comes before the law"

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★

    the martyrdom inherent to recognizing your own limitations and flaws. how the self-interested arrogance behind religious conviction can both create endless amounts of contempt and suffering while also creating the breeding ground for meaningful communal traditions that give people the strength to persevere.

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    weaponized sentimentality. emotions so strong that they tear a hole through the fabric of the universe. a connection that will last until the end of time.

  • 24 City

    24 City

    ★★★★★

    when the distinction between the personal and the political becomes non-existent. history as a scattered collection of lonely hearts desperately searching, clawing, fighting for anything that can give them meaning. traumas of work create pain that lasts generations. the essential inflection point for all of jia's prior and subsequent filmography.