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  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

    A light comedy on its face, with farcical episodic bits and a lot of physical comedy and sight gags, covering up a suspicious lack of narrative arc and suggestions of a lost romance. I think I kind of see that, but to me the film feels much more broadly about a sense of loneliness in general.

    The extremely textured soundtrack, a noted inspiration for David Lynch, constantly has something going on, be it the goofy sound effect…

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★★

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

    One of the greatest films ever made, and probably the greatest film about the South.

    Altman’s network narrative, wide shots zooming to closeups, and preoccupation with performance and spectacle are all working so precisely to paint a picture of Nashville, the South, and the U.S. at large: kaleidoscopic, contradictory, well-intentioned, ill-fated.

    In my intro cinema class, I saw a clip from this movie that was talking about zooming into a shot versus tracking in. It was the scene at the…

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  • The Mechanics of Love

    The Mechanics of Love

    ★★★

    Strangely sweet and intimate. Uses an associative montage of Freudian images made out of quotidian objects to suggest sex between its protagonists while a voiceover narration speaks vaguely of the romance. Resonates with 2021’s quarantine relationships. Despite that, though, I did spend most of the time watching wishing I was rewatching Wedlock House: An Intercourse instead.

  • Puce Moment

    Puce Moment

    ★★★

    Yes

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    ★½

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    An abominable, hideous fetishization of representation in media.

    When Moonlight won Best Picture in 2016, it did a lot of things. People saw themselves represented on screen, they were told that their stories mattered, and the industry was shown that bold, diverse stories can be profitable and critically viable in awards season. It was a watershed moment for popular American cinema, it is my tied for my favorite movie, and it is the reason why I'm in college for film.…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Me and who?

    Hitchcock-style perversions within a heterosexual couple rendered with a dash of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Terence Davies’ delicate sensibility. Too many “wow that’s literally me” moments to count coming from every major character to step on screen.

    It’s stylistically firing on all cylinders and thematically a bit narrow but quite sharp. One of the more interesting and humorous depictions of love.

    You have taught me that we have to see each other as two anxious children, filled with good will and the best intentions, ruled by powers that we can only partially control.