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  • Carol
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Autumn Sonata

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  • Following

    ★★★½

  • Collateral

    ★★★

  • Mother Joan of the Angels

    ★★★★½

  • Porto das Caixas

    ★★★½

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    If there was a concise historical volume of my cinematic pilgrimage, it will probably open with the little joys of childhood transpired on a screen. The brief whir of the VHS as it loads the tape of “101 Dalmatians”, the vague memory of sitting in a theatre for the first time at around 7 years old after I pestered my mother to bring me to a screening of a local film because I liked the actress, and trips to the…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★★

    “Secrets aren’t always things we try to hide. There’s just no one to tell them to.”

    “Petite Maman” movingly dismantles the temporal segments of the human existence beneath the mild tremors of grief, the mesh of identities. The past, present, and future collapse and collide amidst. Doused with autumnal shades and piled with riven branches, a mother’s death scales us back to our younger selves, dislodging us in our place in the world not because it suddenly looks different at…

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  • Following

    Following

    ★★★½

    When observation becomes involvement, emotions brim from the measured formulation of fixation. There is an arcane switch from Looking to Knowing, where in Looking there is safe distance, while in Knowing there is unsafe touch. These are whisked in a cup of nonlinear psychoanalytic noir, where the protagonist shaves and cuts his appearance down to mimicked conduct and style. In turn, the viewer remains in the dark on the same plane as him, believing at the same time as him,…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★

    In which Carey Mulligan exudes the ‘90s Fargo protagonist vibes in a curbing urban setting, and walks around pregnant in a detective coat, all stubborn and smart. Similarities end there, however. This mini-series does not entirely pull a good narrative trigger. Instead, there is the long-winded inquiry on the death of a pizza delivery man, shot point blank outside a tenement. As much as it tries to be interesting, together with its odd song choices at every start of the…

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  • Moonlit Winter

    Moonlit Winter

    ★★★★

    the heavy snowfall in Moonlit Winter piles up along the driveway and the streets and is laboriously shovelled and cleared out the next day only to pile up again. an allusion to feelings tucked in so long ago that ebbs and flows whenever the switch of memories is flicked on and off. 

    where there is vulnerability in communication through undelivered letters, words muttered in the air without a response, phrases written on paper without a reader, longing gushes ragingly amidst…

  • National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    National Theatre Live: Fleabag

    ★★★★½

    “you know, either everyone feels like this a little bit, and they're just not talking about it, or I'm completely fucking alone. which isn't fucking funny.”

    my thoughts, my thoughts, my thoughts...

    obviously I’m not able to catch the play at a theatre because I currently live in Narnia nor are there any screenings near me but I managed to find a copy somewhere. other than visiting a country last May I think watching the series is the only other…