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  • Mouchette

    Mouchette

    ★★★★★

    There has never been a filmmaker who singlehandedly tore apart my understanding of the medium and then rebuit it from scratch like Bresson did (and he keeps doing it). Honestly, for a guy whose favorite director is Stanley Kubrick, the cinematic perfectionist who aims at nothing short of audio-visual extravaganza, it baffles me how I got acclimated to Bresson's language. It's not just that I understand him now but I love the way he communicates. I revere the brevity and…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    In Turin, on January 3rd, 1889, Friedrich Nietzsche steps out of the door of number six Via Carlo Alberto, perhaps to take a stroll, perhaps to go by the post office to collect his mail. Not far from him, or indeed very far removed from him, a cabman is having trouble with his stubborn horse. Despite all his urging, the horse refuses to move, whereupon the cabman… Giuseppe? Carlo? Ettore? … loses his patience and takes his whip to it.…

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  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    ★★★★

    Some of these women deal with weak men in our toxic patriarchal world and are undermined by those around them. Some of them are so brave and are determined to achieve their goals despite all the scorn they receive. Some of them are lonely and are looking for intimacy in all the wrong places. But, boy, they are all strong. Don't let my social justice commentary put you off though. None of it is preachy. It's all hidden deep within…

  • Winter's Bone

    Winter's Bone

    ★★★★

    The gritty, grey winter in rough Missouri landscapes sets the right tone for the struggles of seventeen year old Ree in search of her dad. There's kindness and there's violence. There's hitting rock bottom and there are tender moments of hope. Just like Leave No Trace, Granik slowly gets under our skins through the powerful performances of her sympathetic lead women and tears you apart. It's sad that this is still probably Jennifer Lawrence's best performance so far.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    It gets better and better and better every single time. More than watching Kubrick ever-so-subtly slap patriarchy and male previlege on the face, the clues and mysteries that he leaves behind make this one of the most rewatchable movies ever. If it weren't made by someone who makes masterpieces on a daily basis Eyes Wide Shut wouldn't have been this underrated. Such a sexy, dreamy, political, magnificent, feminist beast!

  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★½

    We truly are living in the golden age of television. Who knew dosimeter clicks could be this nerve-racking? The sound design of this work is truly outstanding. 'Chernobyl' is what I'd call a true horror show as there aren't many things more terrifying than having to helplessly stare into the face of doom and watch the world burn. However, I wouldn't call it flawless until I can fact-check a couple of things. In any case, episode 4 is one of the best hours of drama on television.

    "The atom is a humbling thing."
    "It's not humbling. It's humiliating."