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  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★★★

    HIFF 2018 screening #6

    This is going to divide opinions but it kinda blew my mind; it could be counted together with "BlacKkKlansman" and "Birds of Passage" as the most powerfully raw and involved films of the festival I've seen so far. Zhao Tao is absolutely wonderful; strong-minded yet tender like the role demands. Also I've admired Jia's soundscapes ever since I saw "Pickpocket" (1997; which was the second of his that I saw); somehow he manages to attach film…

  • The Green Fog

    The Green Fog

    ★★★½

    HIFF 2018 screening #5

    San Francisco is the center in this experimental mystery film that maps Vertigo territory but in its own terms. Architecture, voyeurism and pure emotion collide as history and geography melt together in a way that only film can express. Much more could be said but I'm afraid to try at this moment.

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  • A Moment of Innocence

    A Moment of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    After watching this film, I realized I'm never going to be film critic or scholar. This beautiful feeling that I'm feeling cannot be put to words. I've realized that the greatest films are something about what you can write and write, try to open them and their beauty, try to ease your burden and wonderment but you simply can't put them to words. I've loved film theory but after a film like this, I can't help but to pretty much…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★½

    Here's a film that has an ability to crush like Salo or 120 Days of Sodom or something Haneke would do or even the darkest works of Fassbinder. But when I compare to those greats, I cannot compare it to them on any other level (perhaps I could but I'm not going to force it) except that they all crush you, shape your views on the world, make you hate the world, make you even hate the film you are…