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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★★

    “What if the kids at school think I’m strange for the way we were living?”
    “How important are their judgements?”
    “Guess I’ll find out.”

    it’s been a long time since a film has felt so deeply affectionate to me. this is a homage to nature, both human and external, which is so genuinely moving, so grippingly honest, that i cried multiple times - and never tired of the ‘off the grid living’ subject because, for once, such a subject refused…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    an interesting portrayal of faith and all its fluctuations which, unfortunately, falters at the finale. 

    ethan hawke gives a deeply sensitive and poignant performance as reverend ernst toller. his world-weary sensibilities and affection for thomas merton are a little too heavy-handed for me to love this as much as i wanted to. still, faith is a difficult thing to hold onto and i at least appreciate some sort of honest testament to that internal struggle. even if this was a strange one.

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  • Stella's Last Weekend

    Stella's Last Weekend

    ★★

    nat and alex wolff fight over a girl, alex calls nat a “white motherfucker”, alex exposes himself on the street, alex says “et tu floor?” to the floor, alex puts on this helium voice v sporadically but also a lot, and their dog dies, and the whole thing is directed by their mum. 


    i........


    this is not a good movie but also, it is a good movie. no further questions

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★

    an interesting attempt at understanding what it means to be a family and the many ways love manifests beyond blood ties. well-shot, well-cast. unnecessarily gutting. i am too sensitive for such a deeply unsatisfying ending.