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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire


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

    "When you're observing me, who do you think I'm observing?"

    Héloïse needs her portrait taken—her mother demands it be taken before she's married off to a faceless suitor—but she doesn't want to be painted. This makes Marianne's job to paint her, obviously, somewhat complicated. But more interestingly, much deeper than staging this plot structure as a sort of "heist" wherein Marianne must "steal" a portrait of Héloïse by painting her while she's unaware of being painted, the film uses this…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake


    "Do you ever feel like you fucked up somewhere a long time ago, and you're living the wrong life? Like a bad version of the life you're supposed to have?"

    Sam is a fucking loser.

    He feels like he fucked up somewhere long ago and is now living the Black Mirror version of what his life was supposed to be. He constantly feels inadequate, which makes sense, because, you know, he's broke and about to be evicted, but the way…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick


    john wick: pew pew
    me, an idiot: what is the significance of the fact that john wick buries his guns and coins below the floor of his basement? as in psycho, it’s a symbol of the repression of the id by the superego, and as we all know, the repressed always returns
    john wick: pew pew pew
    me: is john wick a cowboy? his violence established the current social order, and then he left, walked off into the sunset. but now he’s back—and why? to clean up some uncivilized folk, to rid civilization of the last of its discontents
    john wick: pew

  • Never Fear

    Never Fear


    "When people love each other, they don't stop loving when things go wrong."

    A young dancer contracts polio and struggles to deal with the physical and mental rehabilitation required in order to literally get back on her feet. This semi-autobiographical social-issue drama from Ida Lupino focuses primarily on the psychological disenfranchisement that polio entails: Sally Forrest not only loses her ability to dance, she loses the ability to support herself, to believe in herself. Keefe Brasselle tries to be patient…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive


    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey


    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…