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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

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

    (I'm applying to a study abroad program for UGA going to the Cannes Film Festival. I wrote my review on Suspiria, so I thought I'd share, since I just submitted it and had Suspiria on while proofreading.)

    Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Suspiria, like the dance academy at its core, works by a kind of unseen magic. It is a film entirely about women, with its only prominent male character even being played by a woman. It is a film about…

  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely magical. I'm sort of new to Bergman, and this is the fourth of his films that I've seen at this moment, but this was the one that finally had me realizing why he's so beloved. I'd enjoyed his other works, but it was this one that sort of crystalized a lot of what the other ones that I've seen were saying.

    For a while now I've been really wanting to watch movies that had happy endings, or at the…

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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★½

    Beautiful visuals but the story slogs a bit for me. I get the criticism of westerns and saying fuck it mask off for the sociopathic racism inherent in U.S. westward expansion and subsequently in westerns, but I don’t fully feel its effectiveness. It reminds me a bit of Alexander Stephen’s cornerstone speech in that it’s saying the quiet part loud where the quiet part is racism. I think it may have been more effective contextually and at that time, but now it reads kind of like an “am I the asshole?” post but for nationalism.

  • Night and the City

    Night and the City

    ★★★½

    Caught the tail end of this on TCM I love the lighting and style of this. Noir fatalism at some of its most comforting I love it

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  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★

    Harder to enjoy after seeing First Reformed because it’s a literal remake, so the narrative bears don’t hit as hard. I’m less interested in Bergman’s theological pursuits than his insights into interpersonal relationships, but this does both, and is probably the most cogent delivery of the former that I’ve seen in his catalogue so far.

  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★★

    I have to say, this ties with Portrait of a Lady on Fire for my No. 1 film of 2019 but I will be putting this just ahead of Portrait bc this is a perfection of Almodóvar’s different obsessions and themes and is the capstone in a great career.