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  • Last Tango in Paris

    Last Tango in Paris


    "You know, the tango is a rite."

    It's a ritual well-defined by the society, usually perfectly orchestrated and meant to look as graceful and by-the-books as possible. One mis-step and, boom, there's people staring at you. There's gonna be a red mark in the records. Much like Jeanne and Paul who went crazy on that dance floor filled the "perfect" couples, Last Tango in Paris threw every rule about movie romance out the window and showed off the dark side…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America


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

    I prefer to know as little as possible about a film before I see it. So, I make it a point not to read anything about critically acclaimed films as I will eventually watch them anyway. That habit has paid off immensely several times (Persona, The 400 Blows, Andrei Rublev, Last Year at Marienbad etc). However, often, some of these works turn out be overwhelmingly brilliant and totally in sync with my taste and I regret not checking them out…

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  • Brightburn



    The idea of envisioning Superman as evil was superb. Imagining it as a horror film was great as well. But, it never actually put the idea to good use for the most part of the film. While I think a bigger budget would have improved this considerably, I loved the gore. Had to look away from the screen a couple times. Last time I did that was while watching Bone Tomahawk.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno


    Found this gem while checking out the previous works of the director on Letterboxd, 5 minutes before going into my late night Brightburn show.
    Oh my!

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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!

  • Melancholia



    I believe that the word depression is casually thrown around these days. But, when Justine says "I smile and I smile and I smile" on her wedding day, I felt that. When she makes incredibly stupid choices in her life with no regards to consequences, I felt that. When she eats her favorite meatloaf and says "It tastes like ashes" and breaks down, I felt that too. When she says "some things are easier for me" and comforts her anxious…