Claire Shaffer

Claire Shaffer

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Favorite films

  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Broadcast News
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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  • The Kingdom of the Fairies

    ★★★½

  • King of Jazz

    ★★★

  • Becky Sharp

    ★★

  • Discovering Cinema: Movies Dream in Color

    ★★½

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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★

    "set in a dystopian 2019" you bet it was!! And to echo everyone else, shoutout to this movie for predicting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the pandemic-related shitshow that arose from it.

    You can definitely tell this thing was shortened from a much longer manga plot but it still packs a punch, both in an immediate satisfying-action-flick level and in its much, much greater sociopolitical implications for Japan. (Perfectly sandwiched in between Godzilla and Evangelion.) Also, the soundtrack is insane.…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★

    After watching Mulholland Drive and parts of Twin Peaks it's incredible how linear and lucid this film feels. I was expecting one of the characters to unzip their skin suit and become an army of beetles at any second.

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