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Favorite films

  • Chungking Express
  • Tropical Malady
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • One Way or Another

Recent activity

  • Gently Down the Stream

  • Jules and Jim

  • The Graduate

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

Recent reviews

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    watching this ironically while on substances please do not judge me 🙏

  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

    We're All Going to the World's Fair

    goddd i just want to hug casey so bad. casey reminds me so much of my middle school self -- strapped in the corner of their bedroom, on a laptop screen, basking in the ennui of suburbia, feeling so much depression/alienation/dysphoria that they did not understand. some of my friends didn't like this film mostly because they were expecting a horror but i view it more as a psychological drama. it is scary to be a teenager on the internet,…

Popular reviews

  • Photocopier


    TW: Sexual assault

    After finding out about how one of the writers of this film is a sexual predator (Henricus Pria, name erased from credits), it’s hard not to notice how Penyalin Cahaya is mostly masturbatory trauma porn. I’ve worked in both theatre and tech (and had strict parents) and could see myself in Sur--there are moments that could be very triggering for no reason. The film is defined by moments where the patriarchy asserts itself into survivors of sexual…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    as innovative as this film wants to be it still presents to us the saccharine individualist american optimism and ends up as trope-y as your run-of-the-mill american blockbuster. the power of love trumps the "evil" nihilist force, the hero is flawed because of the villain's influence, but most of all the fact that this film dwells in the power of "you can be whatever you want if you dream it" -- an attractive capitalist offer that doesn't pay back well.…