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  • Carol
  • Parasite
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Breaking the Waves

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  • The Northman

    ★★★

  • Breathless

    ★★★

  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

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  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★

    There’s something oddly remote yet alluring, fantastical quality to Jean-Luc Godard’s films and to most of the French New Wave films. 1960 classic Breathless stars a suave Jean-Paul Belmondo, who plays a charming, young thief who courts a beautiful American woman played by Jean Seberg into hiding with him in Italy. With all of the brouhaha of how influential this film is, the film is emotionally vacuous and rigid in expression. The actors Belmondo and Seberg are both alluring and…

  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★

    Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka’s seminal 1975 work chronicles the life of Julio Madiaga as he searches for a woman he loves in the bustling city of Manila in Manila in the Claws of Light. Manila is one of the most influential Filipino films made due to its authentic depictions of poverty, corruption and emotional cruelty done to its characters, as well as its biting social critique on everyday human injustices in Filipino society.

    Now while the film is strongly head-on…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★

    Pixar has always been consistent in their endless fixations on human behavior, emotions, and life as a whole. Their recent output Soul is probably the studio’s most mature and frankly, adult-fared film that explores death and existentialism at its core. How do you explain death and the fullness of life to an eight-year-old? Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, the film does a resounding undertaking of being risky and insightful, but in the end something’s quite glaringly missing. Soul