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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★

    My 100th logged film this year! (Technically since I’ve logged lots of shorts and series)

    The visual effects in this are mind-blowing—sure, some them are very obviously 80’s, but most of them are so well done that they could pass as decent in the modern era, which is saying a lot since VFX tends to age horribly within 10 years. I loved the lighting, cinematography (although some shots were out of focus), and the score; the set design was spectacular…

  • Last Summer

    Last Summer

    ½

    I tried this for Pride Month to support lesser-known indie LGBT films but only got through the first half hour. I'm sorry, but where are the establishing shots?

    (6/12/19) Update:
I finally decided to finish this. I don’t like being so harsh in my reviews, but never has a non-Neil Breen film screamed “this movie’s director has no idea how films work” this much. I am completely confused as to what this director was aiming to accomplish with this film, and…

  • Detachment

    Detachment

    ★★

    Great ideas, terrible execution.

    Starting with the positives, I (unsurprisingly) loved Adrien Brody's intense performance. He brought a lot of life and a sense of authenticity to his character in every way. Speaking of authenticity, I loved the themes of this film, which clearly had a lot of heart, and its whole premise of telling the much-told-before story of a school of underprivileged kids but presenting it largely through the eyes of a substitute teacher. However, this film unfortunately just…

  • Cat Soup

    Cat Soup

    ★★½

    I had been waiting to watch this until the right day, and I thought today would be ideal since I just finished Xavier Renegade Angel and I was therefore already in the trippy cinema mindset. Well, it turns out that Cat Soup isn't as surreal as I expected, and it is honestly quite tame (both in terms of gore and just general nonsense) in comparison to Xavier Renegade Angel. I know this short and that series have nothing in common,…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★½

    When it got to the party scene, I went: "Kesha?!"

    This is needlessly slow-paced in its first half hour, although it does pick up pace afterward. A Ghost Story showcases some prolonged sequences of daily mundanity (like the infamous pie scene) that don't quite work for me but do get the message across, which makes me wonder why that party scene even made the final cut. The film isn't very difficult to understand at all, and that scene sucked away…

  • An Affair

    An Affair

    ★★★★½

    I haven't watched this film; I'm only writing this review because I watched Skam S3 for the third time this year for Pride Month and it's about time I logged it. I know I could use IMDb or TMDb, but Letterboxd is my main site for writing reviews that are important to me. One last thing: this review is going to be a bit sloppy because I just finished watching and I just want to pour down my thoughts onto…

  • Delicatessen

    Delicatessen

    ★★★★

    This is the kind of post-apocalyptic film that I love. It's simultaneously clever and absurd, the performances are all wonderful, and it has such a distinctive style and a deliciously (no pun intended) zany personality that complements it perfectly. Long live surrealistic comedy. Long live French cinema.

    8/10

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    I watched this the day before Easter this year, not long after the Notre Dame fire. I'm inclined to believe that the timeliness of my first watch was fate.

    This was my first A24 film, and I'm so glad it was. I have so many thoughts on this one, and I probably won't be able to articulate precisely how I feel and what I think about it until my second watch. For now, I'll just say that this was a profound, meticulously and artfully crafted, and intense film that was well worth watching.

    9.5/10

  • Doppelganger

    Doppelganger

    *In a John Green voice*: The not comedic, not horrifying, and not thrilling comedy-horror thriller.

    1.5/10

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

    Yeah, I'm not really sure if Thomas Pynchon novels should ever be adapted into the big screen...

    As much as I love absurdism, PTA, convoluted plots, and Joaquin Phoenix, this just didn't work for me for a number of reasons (despite my positive rating). I'll probably have to watch it again to solidify my opinion on this one.

    6.5/10

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★

    As many others have said before, it's very difficult to talk about this film because it's hard to even label it as a film in the first place (in ScreeningNotes' words, "Is it a documentary? a motion-picture essay? a visual poem?"). Whatever Koyaanisqatsi may be, it is undoubtedly a unique visual experience. It's probably one of the best shot documentaries (if you can call it that) I’ve ever watched; I liked the composition of many shots and the camerawork as…

  • Coffee and Cigarettes

    Coffee and Cigarettes

    ★★★★

    Jim Jarmusch, everyone: The King of Awkward Conversations.
    This one was definitely a delight. I especially loved the whole concept and recurring themes of the film, and how they connected 11 otherwise disconnected short films. My favs were probably Somewhere in California (props to the equally fantastic Iggy Pop and Tom Waits), Cousins (this and Manifesto have solidified my belief that Cate Blanchett is a true human chameleon), Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil (The White Stripes, what's not to…