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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★½

    An oddly romantic film set in a slaughterhouse centers Ildikó Enyedi’s well-idealized, empathetic drama On Body and Soul (Winner of 2017 Golden Bear for Best Film). It is a story of two introverted people searching for some real, emotional connection which in the end, finds a universal feeling from the viewer. The absurd setting of a slaughterhouse is a bit out-of-place and quite thought-provoking, but somehow Enyedi proved that love and connection can be find in unexpected places and time.…

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★★★★

    David Lean’s romance about a short-lived, but passionate affair between a married housewife and a doctor, Brief Encounter is a heart-stopping British classic and one of the true godfathers of all romance movies. Produced at 1946, Lean’s extraordinary direction in this film paved the way on some of our best contemporary romance movies like say In the Mood for Love and Carol. Lean captures the intimacy and depth of his characters insularly with delicate touch and subtlety. Lean never hurries,…

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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…