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  • Incendies

    ★★★

  • It Happened One Night

    ★★★★½

  • Osama

    ★★★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • Incendies

    Incendies

    Summer 2022 Watchlist

    I was rather indifferent towards Incendies. It has some good ideas and striking imagery, but I don't think the story works. Incendies presents itself as a more considered, arthouse thriller, but in reality it's a more populist work, which is not a bad thing. It's just that as the story gets more ridiculous and relies on increasingly contrived twists to tug at the heartstrings, the film continues to take itself deadly seriously. Incendies is a film made…

  • It Happened One Night

    It Happened One Night

    ★★★★½

    There's nothing I can add to any discussion on It Happened One Night. It's just a great movie. The whole thing is so charming and funny, making it a real delight. Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert have a fun chemistry and there's a sexual tension that lingers throughout the movie, helped by the fact that it comes from the last days of the pre-code era. The characters are reckless and so feel destined for each other, with the film's eventual…

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    Bad people are complicated. There is something dark at the centre of The Lost Daughter, a film which viciously tears apart the idealism we often have about motherhood. It is a film of mothers, but not one of love. Instead we see a rot, mothers who find children a burden. The Lost Daughter is an uncomfortable movie, with a constant unease and sense of dread. We wait to be given answers, for characters to be uncovered and exposed, and yet…

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…