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  • Time to Die

    Time to Die

    ★★★★

    As someone who is both a cinephile and a second generation Mexican-American, my knowledge of Mexican film is embarrassingly slim. I set out to change this by compiling a long list of films that deal directly with Mexico and Mexican people. It'll take me years but I'm determined to watch, review, and contextualize as many of these films as possible.

    While putting together my list, no director stood out to me more than Arturo Ripstein. The son of Alfredo Ripstein (a famed…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Five stars isn't enough to convey the awe, horror, and anguish I was left with after Come and See. I've never had a more immediate and intense reaction to a film before.

    I cried in the theater. I had tears in my eyes for practically the entire village raid sequence. I cried at the montage at the end, wishing so deeply that time could be reversed. That millions could be spared of the suffering, horrors, and death I'd just experienced…

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  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    I keep replaying the infamous scene in my head. Hearing Isabelle Adjani scream and flail in the subway tunnel. It's a raw power that no combination of words could do justice to describe. Director Andrzej Zulawski told Adjani that he wanted her "to fuck the air." To think of the scene as symbolic of her making love to the very Earth itself. Reflecting on Adjani's uncompromising performance, Zulawski said "I was more a witness than a director."

    Possession's shooting style…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Hollywood's just one big whorehouse, maaaaaaaaan.

    Biggest of shout outs to the demonic old couple.

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  • Devs

    Devs

    ★½

    Fully believe that Devs would get tepid praise at best had it been made by anyone not named Alex Garland.

    This is the first show to be released under the "FX on Hulu" banner. It was produced by FX but goes straight to Hulu and cannot be watched anywhere else. Which means that after giving Garland full creative control, FX decided his show still wasn’t good enough for the airwaves. 

    For context, Lil’ Dicky’s sitcom debuted a few hours before…

  • Little Fires Everywhere

    Little Fires Everywhere

    ★★½

    Exhausting in the way it panders to those wealthy, Warren-loving NPR bluechecks. The ones who think Green Book had no business winning Best Picture but still can't understand what’s so funny about the line “I would have voted for Obama a third time if I could!”

    Beats you over the head with a very subtle message of: “Hey white people! Wanna know what your Black friends REALLY say about you when you’re not around? Well it turns out you’re complicit…