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  • Chungking Express
  • Mulholland Drive
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  • Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★

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

    ★★★★

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★½

  • The Last Laugh

    ★★★

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  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    I worked in a care home for people with dementia when I was younger. Spending so much time around and interacting with people whose memory has severely deteriorated makes a lot of unspoken truths about people very clear to you. How much who we are and how we relate to the world, ultimately, comes down to our memories. How fragile our memory is too, how easily important moments can slip away even for your average person on the street who…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    I adore this film's respect for children, both in how it treats the children in its audience - never talking down to them or treating them as lesser - and in how utterly enamoured it is with the power of childish imagination, keen to bring alive that imagination for children and adults alike by immersing us in the wonderous way that Mei and Satsuki view the world around them.

    I also adore My Neighbour Totoro's respect for nature, how in…

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  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood

    ★★★★

    Kind of unreasonable that Tarkovsky's first, and oft-considered weakest, feature film is better than anything most directors would make in their entire careers. It's a bit uneven at points, and is certainly less thematically engaging that his later work; "war is hell" isn't exactly ground-breaking stuff, though I found both the effect the war is having on the natural world surrounding it, and the way that even Ivan's attempts at childish play inside the bunker end up being a vehicle…

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

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

    ★★★★

    I am 30 years old. This makes me substantially younger than Jonas Mekas was when he started recording the footage of his life that would eventually make up this film. This also means that my life has been roughly as long as the period of time that said footage covers. With all the life presented in this film, all the memories Jonas packed inside - that fly by in such a flurry as to feel like how your life would…

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  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★½

    A film that creates a great awareness of scale, both in how it makes you feel sonder, that you're just one person out of *billions* each with their own vivid, distinct inner lives and emotions, and also in how it in turn makes our society like this living organism - each person, previously vivid, turned into small cells in a massively complicated, interlinked, ever-evolving system - whilst the structures we've made seem so incomprehensibly sprawling, powerlines tearing across the desert,…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★½

    Low-key obsessed with Mifune's performance as the bandit Tajomaru. This is not just for his performance in the bandit's version of the events where Tajomaru seeks to portray himself as confident, charismatic and exuberant, with a fighting style that captures both playfulness and a chaotic energy, but also for how he's portrayed in other people's retellings where the same actions are recontextualised to either make his personality menacing and uncomfortable, or his fighting style downright desperate and scrappy. In this…