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  • I, Tonya
  • Uncut Gems
  • The Worst Person in the World
  • Still Walking

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  • Nobody Knows

    ★★★★

  • The Godfather

    ★★★★★

  • Arrival

    ★★★★½

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

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  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★

    you, as a viewer, track those children's discreet existence as un-adult adults, minute by minute, with gentleness and acute observation. you notice that they don't become feral but maintain, with a weird and moving dignity, the best semblance of family life possible, despite being abandoned.

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    there have always been gangster films, but this was one of the first to show the mafia from the inside and without reverting to black and white good guy/bad guy archetypes. you could argue that the characters have since become archetypal but that's because this film has been so absorbed into culture. without the Godfather, there would be no Sopranos, Goodfellas, Casino, just to name a few great movies that could not exist without it. put it this way: while it’s not groundbreaking by today’s standards, it did help establish the ground itself.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    this one demands repeated viewing. when it’s  said that the heptapods told the Russians, “there is no time,” and everyone interprets it as a threat or a sign to hurry, and they’re literally trying to say that time doesn’t exist to them—what a subtle way to sum up everything. it seems like such a throwaway line.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    one wouldn't be exaggerating when saying that this movie borders the creation of its own cinematic genre. there isn't a single facet that i didn't like, but above everything else, i especially found a bit of myself in the first cop's obsession with expiration dates as it underscores his fear of abandonment, and in the second cop's penchant to talk to inanimate objects as a depiction of the loneliness that follows him everywhere.