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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Remarkably intimate and epic at the same time, ROMA is a pure exercise of cinematic immersion. Director Alfonso Cuarón returns to art-house cinema—following his critically-lauded commercial, big-budgeted films—and turns his most accomplished and personal film yet since 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien. Echoing the traditions of neorealism cinema, ROMA unravels in a delicately slow, episodic manner—observing the routines and the banalities of domestic life. There are no villains, no mysteries to solve, no big inciting incidents—instead it’s all about the…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★

    When Lars von Trier appeared before the screening of The House That Jack Built: DIRECTORS CUT, he boldly stated to “think about the film and digest it for a couple for days” and so I did. I bumped my initially 3.5 stars to 4 for this film for particular reasons: first the emotional complexity of the entire material, second the undeniable audacity and visionary undertaking, and lastly the deeply personal statement from the director himself.

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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…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…