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  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    as zeller’s film debut, an adaptation of his own award-winning stageplay, the father feels destined to have reached the screen. it is a truly remarkable, and important film, that delves into cognitive decline in a challenging and intensely empathetic way. 

    this year has seen the subject of ageing and associated loss of function tackled extensively through film. to me, this is a neat companion piece to supernova, and shares focus with the documentaries dick johnson is dead and the mole…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    i was scared a second viewing of high and low would take it down a notch, but it was even better this time around.
    everything about it is amazing, it is everything kurosawa in its perfect form, at least in my view. 

    firstly, the story is so cool! the broad narrative is so uniquely structured, its pacing and progression is so unusual and unpredictable, but brilliant as a result. despite the two halves differing so greatly, with their own exclusive…

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  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★

    criterion challenge 2021
    film #23
    (38. kelly reichardt’s 10)
    spine #112

    massive props to the production design (incredible that he secured such a budget for such an absurb film), cinematography and choreography, feels like where’s wally put to screen. i can see why it is lauded but just didn’t vibe with it for the most part; a very long and mostly boring two hours unfortunately.

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★

    criterion challenge 2021
    film #22 
    (7. wes anderson’s 10)
    spine #432

    i found this film rather fascinating and for the most part, very engaging. i am a huge fan of the atypical structure, and how cinematography and production design is used to facilitate that. it is a gorgeous film visually and sonically, and i can only imagine it getting better the longer i sit on it. it has aged well too; just watched tampopo, out of japan during this same…

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  • The Midnight Sky

    The Midnight Sky

    ★½

    this takes the cake of the worst movie i have seen of the year (and i’ve seen artemis fowl). it is such a god-awful screenplay in all aspects - dialogue, pacing, characters and its communication of its themes and message. clooney clumsily hops between three tedious narrative threads that barely tie together, climaxing in a rubbish third act that attempts to justify the 90 minute bore that preceded it. the pacing is really off-kilter, the main two story arcs comprise…

  • A White, White Day

    A White, White Day

    ★★★★

    a white white day is a fascinating study of grief and masculinity, set in a remote region of iceland where an unspoken conflict between tangible harshness and stark beauty mirrors the turmoil of the narrative. the great emptiness in space and whiteness that surrounds the protagonist, ingimundur, ironically seems to suffocate him as he grapples with loss when compounded with a suspected betrayal by his late wife. the style of the film is contemplative and restrained, but also suitably conveys…