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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Parasite
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • A Brighter Summer Day

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  • The Player

    ★★★★

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    ★★★

  • Chicago

    ★★★★

  • A Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

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  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★½

    I was already completely sold on this movie but then the soulmate theory just put it over the top

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★½

    Late Spring really didn't hit me until late in the second act. Then I ran headfirst into a wall of emotions I have yet to fully crack. There's love, of course. Selfishness, but also selflessness. Sadness, grief, the trauma of side-stepping the path you'd rather be treading. A dash of anger and hopelessness. A pinch of optimism.

    And woven through it all is the question whether we should challenge the societal norms that tell us which relationships matter and when, and whether choices to stick to or deviate from those norms can and should define us.

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  • Chicago

    Chicago

    ★★★★

    I just feel so badly for John C Reilly

  • A Taxi Driver

    A Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

    The best of any Taxi Driver movies.

    Yes I really mean it.

    This heartbreaking and inspirational retelling of the Gwangju Uprising chooses not to feature the journalist who broke the story to the world, but rather on the individuals who were willing to sacrifice everything to help him succeed. Song Kang-Ho (unsurprisingly) gives a stellar performance as the titular taxi driver. Highly recommend.

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★½

    Time is slowly killing all of us.

    Maybe it's because the past is alluring, and as it accumulates behind you it becomes harder to avoid the siren calls of regret and "what ifs". Or maybe it's just because that's how time works.

    The Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy recognizes the human desires for connection and belonging and spins them up into serendipitous scenarios that reveal the recognizable sources of pain and acceptance and growth that follows. The brilliance of each…

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★½

    There is no something without nothing