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  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★½

    “why does He make us feel the questions if He’s not going to give us any answers?”
    “He hasn’t told me”

    this brings me back to the time i had to read night by elie wiesel in school, and wiesel questioned why jews were still praying to God in concentration camps when God had abandoned them in the holocaust. the question was simply if there were a God, why make His people suffer? it complicated everything for me. i asked…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    “i haven’t even seen her smile”
    “have you tried to be funny?”

    “i’ll remember the first time you laughed”
    "you took your time being funny”
    “that’s true. i wasted time”
    “i wasted time, too”

    whenever the last shot cuts to black, i need a few minutes to catch my breath again, to stop my eyes from swelling, and to be present in this world, always finding it hard to leave theirs. this time, for the first time, i didn't experience…

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  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★★

    raw is simultaneously the tastiest film i've ever seen and makes me never want to eat again. an experience that makes me viscerally squirm at one scene and fantasize over the taste of blood at the next is as thrilling and perfect as ever

  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★★

    “i’m angry with you, God. why are you doing this to me? what do you want?

    “i didn’t want her to disappear”
    “no, but deep within, you did. that’s how it happens”

    thelma’s parents treat her like there's devil in her, and for a time, she starts to believe it. there’s a moment when, in the heat of a breakdown, thelma questions God for the way she is, a low that intensifies with her dad's probing. when her family's suppression…

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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★½

    i can’t stop thinking about the interview segment when tonya tears up and talks about landing the triple axel / being the best skater in the world for a time and says “sorry, no one asks me about that anymore”

  • Water Lilies

    Water Lilies

    ★★★★

    “i saw you performing. it was beautiful”
    “really? in what way?”

    “i want to ask you something not quite normal”
    “who cares about being normal”
    “it should be you. i would like you to be the first”

    a sharply nostalgic and deeply genuine depiction of how bold, urgent, susceptible and uncanny we are at adolescence. water lilies dives into this portrayal with a universal display of power and control, being milked for the love you have for someone, and the…