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i saw la la land 5 times in 1 day
my words are intended exactly as seriously as u decide to interpret them

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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    Relatable because I also trust films more than the government.

    A thematic reversal of the themes of Antonioni's original, trading the societal ennui of the 60s for the rampant mistrust of the 80s; instead of devising a narrative where there likely isn't one, De Palma's version makes absolutely clear that the narrative is not just there, but it's observable, a conspiratorial actuality entrenched in the generational disenfranchisement. The perfect scream, lost into the void of fiction and superficiality.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★★

    10, 9, 8...

    Count the numbers, keep it down. It's the moment before the release where the emotions overtake your entire being, when the strength is felt coursing through your tightening muscles before you punch something or somebody and let out all that pent up passion.

    7, 6, 5...

    Count the numbers, focus on the numbers. Injustice is rampant; save the governor's young daughter from a sex trafficking ring, but is her home any better? Her father is like his…

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  • Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    ★★★

    Strange and mad, incomprehensible and disturbing in equal measure. I'm pretty sure it's a metaphor for heroin addiction and a meta narrative that presents a story as he writes it, that acts as a study of a drug-addicted writer. It's absolutely wild, extremely confusing, and strangely boring at times, but it has at least one consistent factor: it is utterly repelling from the first moment to the last. This came out the same year as Barton Fink, which did the whole 'troubled writer' much better.

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    The inescapability of a personal history of violence as a metaphor for the inescapability of the history of American violence. The American Dream is built on top of nightmare upon nightmare upon nightmare, and sometimes those nightmares see the light of day and the Dream - a pleasant small-town family life where you work hard and are well-liked and happy - is suddenly exposed for the facade it is, a mask of upstanding righteousness covering for the horrors inflicted to reach this point, and the potential barbarity it may take to maintain it. The American Dream is a contaminated, selfish lie.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★

    Aaron Sorkin is way too good a writer to be forced to work with such a mediocre director as Aaron Sorkin

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    ★★

    It feels as though it desperately wants to be a dig at capitalism and how it infuriates those nearer the bottom into manipulating legalities for personal gain, but if that is the attempt it is outrageously misguided; yet without a single character to root for that is the only thing I can imagine it is trying to do (also, the ending pretty blatantly establishes this as its goal). Pike's character, regardless of how well she plays it, is so immensely…