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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    When I was in photo class some years ago there was this guy who after putting up his prints for presentation, had a hard time articulating what his body of work was about. You see, they were photos of men, semi nude, laying in bed or standing outside in the grass. The pictures were intimate, uninhibited, beautiful and open but they felt too observant and hesitant to talk about love yet. This work was about wanting and desiring, about lust.…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    PTA has been making large scope films since... well, always. Which is primarily why I was surprised to realize (while watching) that Phantom Thread felt more intimate and anticlimactic but refreshingly less convoluted or saturated with plot like some of his other films.
    When it comes to relationship stories it’s hard to remain unbiased or avoid projecting your own experiences with what you see on screen. Now, I don’t know what is like to be someone as utterly brilliant and…

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  • The Man Who Sleeps

    The Man Who Sleeps

    ★★★★

    Watching it after having a nice day out (for once) made the experience a little less excruciating. Still, I could feel J growing restless beside me, and how could I blame him? This is, after all, the kind of film one should only watch alone. 
    I went home later and thought about all the times I've felt like this man: lonely, alienated and trapped in daily routines I detest but continue to follow anyway (like a rat). Perhaps the reason…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★

    The last Satoshi Kon film I still needed to watch! And of course, it didn't fail to deliver stunning visuals that blur the lines between what's real and what's in our minds. The story follows a filmmaker named Genya and his partner trying to make a documentary film about his favorite actress who retired 30 years ago and is now an old hermit. Although not as anxiety inducing or mind bending as perfect blue, Kon still plays with our perceptions…