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  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★★

    “Though everything eventually passes,
    except this very... this very, very moment.
    And the next second, we are in another moment,
    And something else happens,
    And everything else is gone,
    Is past,
    Is memory,
    Is memory.”

    Having seen certain excerpts of Jonas Mekas’ work a few years ago, I put off watching his magnum opus (or anything other than those excerpts), not because of its length or because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, but rather because I knew I…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★

    My heart is at least five times bigger, and the $5 spent on this impulse-buy were a perfect investment!

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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★½

    Utterly, utterly devastating.
    Y Tu Mamá También has layers upon layers of depth, and just like an onion, once you start peeling those layers, its magnitude hits you and demands a physical reaction from you—tears, headache, chest pain, all of the above.

    The socio-political & economic reality of Mexico infused in the film's essence, ever-present even when gone unnoticed or ignored by the three protagonists. A woman who finally allows herself to be and feel on her own terms, even if…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★★

    Fear, repression, and hunger are imbued in Coppola’s usual soft pastels and lens flares. They ooze from the frame and from within these characters; we feel them in the desolate landscape, in the weeds that overrun the vast terrain, in the way these women walk and talk and look (both physically and at themselves/each other/him). Fear, repression, and hunger never leave; they restrain these women until restraint becomes their nature.

    The question of freedom remains the core of this film.…