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  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★½

    The gnarliest film for the rest of this decade. 

    Simultaneously a visual treat with its lighting, dreamlike atmosphere and monochromatic scenes; and a visual nightmare with its gratuitous, unfathomable brutality.

    Honestly, not sure if all of the violence is justified. It carries no narrative weight—I guess on a technical level, it’s impressive. The shock-factor detracted from the film’s strength: its intriguing but glossed over sci-fi elements.

    There will be audiences who enjoy those fruits of ambiguity; personally, it sometimes rang…

  • Driveways

    Driveways

    ★★★★★

    Cut from fabrics similar to Kogonada's Columbus—in its tenderness, its minimalism, its tinge of pathos.

    The three wonderful leads carry Driveways with grace; the synergy and empathy between them will prompt you to reflect on life and its small but impactful happenings (that Best First Screenplay nomination is well deserved).

    Every smile this film brought to my face caused heartache; it's so delicate, precious, and quietly moving.

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  • Yes, God, Yes

    Yes, God, Yes

    ★★★

    Natalia Dyer squirming her way out of sexually awkward, religiously-charged situations for the sweet runtime of 78 minutes? 

    I think you’ll survive.

    As someone who’s attended North American Catholic schools for 12 years—uniforms, retreats, the whole package—wanting to curl up and die of embarrassment and nostalgia overload?

    I almost did not.

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★

    A blanket of naiveté draped over suppressed darkness; a riveting look into trauma and how it's processed by two beautiful, tormented souls. Stunning, gut-wrenching film—one that’ll be tough to revisit but has left a lasting imprint in my mind. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been talented since forever.

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  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★★½

    If directors were cam girls

    Ridley Scott: not sure if tonight’s show will be good but stick around to find out, you never know!

    Burton: with me tonight are returning guests Helena and Johnny

    Chazelle: jazz for me baby 

    Wes Anderson: *attempts to stay center-frame at all times*

    Shyamalan: watch until the end. it’ll be worth it, I promise. ;)

    Guadagnino: this’ll be another long one, we’ll be streaming Tilda sun comes up 

    Edgar Wright: with me tonight are returning…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Midsommar mixtape

    1. “Take My Breath Away”  ‪4:17 | Berlin
    2. “Toxic” 3:19 | Britney Spears
    3. “Get Another Boyfriend” 3:05‬ | Backstreet Boys
    4. “Jump” ‪4:02‬ | Van Halen
    5. “Country Pie” ‪1:37‬ | Bob Dylan
    6. “U Can't Touch This” 4:16‬ | MC Hammer
    7. “One Dance” 2:54‬ | Drake
    8. “Dancing Queen” 3:50‬ | ABBA
    9. “Crying in the Club” 3:36‬ | Camila Cabello
    10. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” 3:13‬ | Taylor Swift
    11.…