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  • The Long, Hot Summer

    ★★★

  • She-Devil

    ★★★½

  • Maid

    ★★★★

  • Stillwater

    ★★★★

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  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    Time, like most things, isn't linear. It absolves things and people of beginnings and ends, allows them to take different forms and continue existing. Memories fade in and out, shaping a path we can walk in any direction—the past, the future, it’s all relative. Sometimes, memory hits us suddenly and blends into reality, surrounding us in such a potent way—maybe it’s just a smell, maybe an item, maybe it’s the colour of a wallpaper we forgot about or a shadow…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

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

    Q: Who is your favorite cinematic ghost?
    A: Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

    Q: Not Patrick Swayze, or Beetlejuice, or someone from The Others or The Sixth Sense? Casper, maybe? 
    A: No, no. It's Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: She's not a real ghost, though. 
    A: Well, she arrives and leaves very suddenly, as if from nowhere, and she always glides. Oh! And she never blinks!

    Q: Ghosts don't blink?
    A: Some do. Not Mrs. Danvers.

    Q: If Mrs. Danvers is a ghost,…

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  • She-Devil

    She-Devil

    ★★★½

    Meryl Streep is so exquisite and iconic in this. Had a lot of fun with this!

  • Maid

    Maid

    ★★★★

    Streaming platform diversity casting is strange because while it does reflect how the world looks more accurately, most shows/movies don't actually comment on these dynamics, don't engage with these characters' lived reality, so it creates these very weird and inaccurate power dynamics. This felt particularly staggering in a show about a woman making a living as a maid—if she wasn't a thin beautiful white woman, if the series didn't take a sort of inspirational-uplifting approach, it would most likely be…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★½

    I’ve been wondering how to phrase this review, how to organize my thoughts and feelings, trying to determine whether or not sharing them is worth it for my own well-being. Writing all this down has definitely helped me release at least some of the tension, heartbreak, and anger I’ve been harboring. There will be spoilers, which I don’t care to flag because I wish I had been warned, explicitly, of the gory details. So tread lightly, or not at all.…

  • Bright Star

    Bright Star

    ★★★★

    I loved the equal weight given to John Keats' poetry and Fanny Brawne's sewing, how it shows the difference between manual and intellectual labour, a difference that is both concrete (John spends his time staring at walls, while Fanny constantly uses her hands) and socially constructed (Fanny's creations are considered lesser—less valuable, less creative, less interesting—because they're traditionally women's art). It's a film that revels in the senses—the touch of fabric, of a needle and thread, of rain and butterflies,…