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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★½

    while iain reid's novel extracts horror from blood and dread, charlie kaufman's interpretation extracts it from existentialism, from the unavoidability of aging, from the unease of being perceived, from the eeriness permeating the claustrophobic atmosphere. they both tell the same story in completely different ways, which is exactly what a book-to-film adaptation should aim to do.

    in the book, there's a fascinating passage about how humans need allegory and metaphor in order to more comprehensively understand the world around us.…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    do all lovers feel they’re inventing something?

    the clandestine stealing of forbidden glances. the thankless task of trying to tamp a lover’s image into the folds of your brain. the dread of said image’s inevitable fading. the smoldering slow-burn of impossible yearning, and the explosive fireworks when it’s finally reciprocated. the sizzling sound of a final farewell.

    director céline sciamma packs each frame with tangible emotion, and she does it all without a manipulative score. we know exactly what to…

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  • Saw

    Saw

    ★★★½

    ideal first date is getting caught in a sick and twisted jigsaw trap together because solving murder puzzles is inherently romantic (x-files, pushing daisies, etc), PLUS you’re permanently trauma bonded if you survive. if you don’t, to die by saw’s blade is such a heavenly way to die. there’s no way to lose

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    even more pin-point precise on rewatch. themes are numerous (balance and structure, responsibility vs. ambition, attention vs. interest, the burden of the future, etc.), and they stack on top of each other like concrete jenga blocks, building a modernist architectural feat like the tower featured on the poster. so lofty, yet so down-to-earth. the atmosphere is quiet and meditative -- music doesn't really kick in until the 38-minute mark, when Casey is explaining her passion for the architecture of the…

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★★★★

    first watch: fight club is the best movie ever made
    second watch: fight club is a deep commentary on the dangers of consumerism
    third watch: fight club is a disgusting cesspool of toxic masculinity and it’s not as deep as its fanboys think it is
    fourth watch: fight club is a critique of toxic masculinity and it’s deeper than its fanboys think it is
    fifth watch: fight club is the best satirical gay romcom ever made

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    these two bisexuals that look like they just stumbled out of their first vampire weekend concert really had the nerve to make me lay on my floor & cry while listening to sufjan stevens huh