alex

19+1 // elevated iq temptress girl
kenyan. some reviews, mostly ramblings.
capricorn.

Favorite films

  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Bush Mama
  • Rosa la Rose, Public Girl
  • To the Wonder

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  • Lifeforce

    ★★½

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    ★½

  • Elvis

    ★★★½

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    before alita remembers who she is, she knows that she cares. her first interaction outside of her father and nurse is one that demonstrates immeasurable empathy. she shares her food with a dog, showers him with affection, then instantly readies herself to defend him when a centurion appears. ido perceives alita's natural instincts as mindless and dangerous. he describes them as being "drawn to conflict without hesitation", yet it is apparent to the viewer that the movements alita's heart and…

  • Chocolat

    Chocolat

    ★★★★★

    claire denis' identity, a white woman who grew up in french colonial africa, and how this impacts her approach to portraying cameroon is a fundamental aspect of what makes chocolat such an important film. the scene where luc, the most destabilizing white presence in the film, reads out an excerpt from a fellow colonizer regarding the psychological effects of colonialism on africans highlights this particularly well. the excerpt claims that inhabiting africa at length caused the author to experience the…

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  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    ★½

    i was legit thinking “growth is being team jacob in this movie” and then he tried to fight a guy for speaking to bella right after lmao ??? 😭 story of my life. insane how irredeemable every fkn guy in this is but she’s still giving them chances. my fav work of literature as a teen was romeo and juliet too so ik the struggle. go for therapy, find god, etc.

  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    i don’t like, listen to, or even perceive elvis so i didn’t expect to get much from this, but luhrmann’s consistent focus on the roots of elvis’ music transforms this biopic into something that deeply resonates with me. luhrmann spends a lot of time depicting the memphis music scene, attributing some of elvis’ greatest hits to black musicians in the area. his exploration of elvis’ influences never feels vindictive. instead, it is incredibly celebratory of blackness—the soundtrack, which mostly features…

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

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

    a lot of this looks rly fucking cool, but i can't get over how terrible marvel is at writing women. wanda is the second prominent woman in the mcu whose main dilemma is her inability to have children / longing for another life where she has them. this is a valid struggle that impacts countless of women, but its inclusion here feels lazy. marvel simply can't conceive any other defining struggle for a woman; clearIy the sole aspiration of any…

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ½

    this movie keeps on haunting me because people are so suffocating in their love for it. it's a piece of shit. the worst defense i've seen of buffalo '66 is "it's good because it's very revealing of gallo's mental state." you are saying that a movie that romanticizes the abuse of a teenage girl & reduces her to nothing but a device for the protagonist's redemption is good because it reveals that the director is a lonely narcissist. incredible insight. i'm…