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  • Complete Unknown

    Complete Unknown

    ★★½

    Complete Unknown follows a woman obsessed with living lives she created other than the reality of her own: playing different professions, rocking different hairstyles, adopting different personalities, taking different hobbies. but what could have been suspenseful and a contextual take on psychological/sociological identity become a hide-and-seek with lost love without purpose. Rachel Weisz is compelling enough to make up from the weak script crowded with mawkish sentiments. fascinating premise but lousy execution, Complete Unknown is a complete mess.

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    an apotheosis of intermittently holding love amidst its devout presence, Cold War is a moody recollection and hostility of idealistic affection. in post-war European countries, bleak lands, and often snow-drenched cities, communism seemingly promises greater heights and liberation when it's as harsh and repressive as the stretching years of having and not having, chasing and running, giving and not giving; Wiktor and Zula is caught in a persistent romance that lingers and entangles at the wrong places and times but…

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  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★

    Scorsese's adaptation of the same classic novel was fraught with a well-calculated tension and cold-hearted innocence. Newland Archer, a man of high-ranking class and reputation, found himself torn between two women, two opposing beliefs: one a representation of traditional 1870s New York resisting societal changes and offered a secure yet mundane life and the other an outlier of social conventions and the face of passion and spontaneity. more than this, it was a critique of suffocating, unfair double standard morality…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    every time I read the title The Shape of Water I am always bothered by the science question ‘what is the shape of liquid?’ and in turn I answer, automatically (in my head alone because I’m not that weird), ‘it takes the form of its container’. it seems rather an irrelevant statement to make in this review (if you can call this that) but love does mimic liquids — water specifically; it streams down continuously, flows deliberately, falls on flowers…