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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    β€œthe more you deny me, the stronger i get.”

    an obvious yet effective metaphor for grief and becoming aware of our own mortality: TheΒ Babadook is a film that will linger in your mind, but not for the reasons you might expect.Β 

    while the horror aspect is prominent and the monster crafted is utterly distressing, even more terrifying is Amelia's psychological breakdown and transformation from victim to aggressor in her own home. with the resurface of unresolved trauma from the death…

  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

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    β€œiΒ smile, and i smile, and i smile.”

    why marry if it will end? this question is raised in the first half of the film when Justine's mother tells the newlyweds to β€œenjoy it while it lasts” - it seems past experience has resulted in her forming a cynical approach to love in which she predicts heartbreak and separation, and so thinks it is pointless to begin partnerships, but then should death stop her from living? we are familiar with our…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

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    β€œyou grow up around something, and it feels likeΒ nothing.”

    early in the film, a character asks the question β€œare we losing interest in everyday life?” what follows is a quietly tender story that, through intimate frames and dialogue, encourages us to take the time to notice all the magical subtleties of the world that are often easy to overlook. although focused on the mundanities of the day-to-day, Columbus still manages to slip its audience into a dream.

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

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    β€œwomen love to play with fate.”

    it's the intricacies of this story that draw me in most - the seamless way it reveals characters that are far more than one-dimensional, deepens the plot without becoming difficult to follow and misleads the audience along with certain characters. i usually prefer films that feel more like a snapshot than a story, but Park Chan-wook'sΒ storytelling is so meticulously crafted, with endless attention paid to every detail, that it evokes the same feeling of…