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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★½

    "That's the way it crumbles... cookie-wise."

    It was years before I heard of letterboxd, I had only started to watch movies, not seriously, but let's say passionately. Like any beginner, I presume, I started with IMDB 250 and other Top movies lists. And Billy Wilder movies just kept showing up and I hadn't even heard of the guy. So I started watching The Apartment as a sort of "See how good you are?". Why I started didn't matter by the…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★


    K: I've never retired something that was born before.
    Lt. Joshi: What's the difference?
    K: To be born is to have a soul, I guess.

    Can you deny someone a soul, even a manufactured being. We repeatedly see our protagonist K, a Nexus 8 Replicant, going through psychic exams. Being measured against a baseline, which i presume defines the absence of a soul. Doesn't the very existence of such a test indicates that these sentient being are capable of true…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    " If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?"

    What if the Aliens arrived and waited for us to make the first move. What if they just arrive and hover, there isn't a genre for that. Instead we have alien invasion, a world united against the threat of eradication. But even in those movies, the general reaction was that of reserved welcome (which always turned out to be a huge mistake).…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    "I assure you, the stories you hear about this man, if nothing else, has been watered down."

    John Wick Chapter 2 treats it's title character as a legend. The movie does attempt to revisit the humanizing elements that made us root for the character in the first outing, but doesn't add anything itself. This time John has to delve deeper in this highly structured and stylized criminal world, to payback a debt he owed to the Camorra. John Wick wants…