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  • Encanto

    ★★★

  • The Green Knight

    ★★½

  • Hard Eight

    ★★★

  • Three Outlaw Samurai

    ★★★

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    1h23min: that's how long Hitchcock had me thinking how overrated this film was. Until that dream sequence started, I was pleased, sure, but also really disappointed, afterall this was supposed to be one of the greatest films ever made.

    And then, right when I thought the film was ending, the dream started. I was jolted into a new frame of reference, astonished, puzzled, suddenly invested in what the hell was going on. A new film began, and what a film…

  • Araby

    Araby

    ★★★★

    I spent weeks thinking about this film after I saw it. It is a deeply sensitive portrait of Brazilian life, and to paraphrase Tolkien, although it is sad, as are most Brazilian tales, it may yet lift up your heart.

    It also reminded me of the painting "Public Demonstration" by Emilio Pettoruti, which I think perfectly captures the thematic of this film. I like to think this painting, as this film, communicates to us that we should never give in to cynicism, never forget the people behind the numbers, their stories, their joy and sadness.

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  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★

    It's fun and engaging with a very interesting and well-realized concept, but lacks stakes, the musical numbers are lackluster and the climax feels like going through a checklist.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    Felt hollow. I was mostly entranced by the sounds and images. The rest seemed almost distracting. And the pace does not help. The very last scene was good though. And the one where the camera turns, shows us what might have been, then comes back to the undoing of that fate, is truly great.

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    All else aside, this film would already be worth it only for the sunset scene. I went to rewatch it in the cinema dreaming of that scene, and it was transcendental.

    I still think that Lee Chang-dong asks too much of us with the long scenes depicting only Yoo Ah-in, but that is relatively minor. And we have Steven Yeun and his sly smile, which is EVERYTHING. Gotta love this film.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    I was so ready to love you after that first scene. And you not only let me but gave me so much more. I'm at a loss of words. I can only look at you. And remember. And ache.