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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★½

    Honestly one of the most relatable depictions of mental illness I've seen in a movie. There's so much in here that really expresses how I experience depression and anxiety.

    The sense of detachment, then those bursts where you just don't want to, can't, be alone. (When she goes to that diner with her neighbour). How you are followed by fear (here taking the form of the undead man). Those periods where you feel you're not part of the world and/or…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Flying to Melbourne to see this at MIFF on my birthday was the best idea I’ve had at least all year. What better gift could I give myself than the sight of Armie Hammer in billowy shirts and short shorts, cycling around the Italian countryside? Except, perhaps, Armie Hammer dancing to Psychedelic Furs – I never knew that was something I needed to see, but, oh, how I needed to!

    In all seriousness (well, I am serious about Armie in…

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  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

    The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

    ★★★★

    The only notes I wrote while watching this were: 'God that scene where he sits at her feet' and 'This movie made me blubber.'

    Super helpful, past Andrea!

    Anyway, Bette Davis absolutely knocks this out of the park, and I seem to have liked this more than a lot of people on here. I was surprised because I can find—or I've got this probably erroneous belief that I find—older costume dramas can be stuffy, but I thoroughly loved this.

  • The Sisters

    The Sisters

    ★★★

    Some extremely eloquent and coherent notes I made just after watching the film that I can't be bothered tidying up too much:

    This movie is only so-so but damn Errol’s performance was so moving to me? Like the way he looks so tortured by his own ineptitude or whatever.

    Like the scene where he’s decided to go off on a ship and he’s gone to see Bette Davis one last time—there’s something in his eyes that moved me, but I…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Had to listen to One Mint Julep by The Clovers as soon as I got home. Made me very happy to hear it featured!

    I love when movies leave you feeling a little dazed - a little like you've stepped into another world when you leave the cinema - and this definitely did that for me. Made me look at everything differently, even just for a few hours.

    It is achingly beautiful (visually & otherwise); exquisitely shot (on 16mm) it is…

  • Love Songs

    Love Songs

    ★★★★

    "Love me less, but love me a long time."