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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Let's make something crystal clear:
    This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Especially thanks to Kirina Mano's gripping performance and the stunning B&W cinematography. Granted, my taste in films is questionable to say the least, but for anyone who enjoyed Shinya Tsukamoto's other works like Tokyo Fist or Kotoko, I implore you to give this a watch. Some may get turned off by the bleak and nihilistic tone though.

  • Difficulty Breathing

    Difficulty Breathing

    ★★★★★

    If you follow me here on Letterboxd, you're well aware that I'm a big fan of director Shozin Fukui. A few months ago, I searched his name on YouTube and came across a video showing rare VHS releases of his early short films. On that same channel, I also found a trailer for this film, Difficulty Breathing, and it grabbed my interest right away. I made sure to order the DVD, limited to 100 copies. Sadly, due to Sweden's terrible…

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  • Sans Soleil

    Sans Soleil

    ★★★★★

    "In that moment, poetry will be made by everyone, and there will be emus in the Zone."

    A haze of memories told through the poetic letters of a traveller. Chris Marker meticulously captured the intimacy and beauty of everyday banality that most might ignore. It left me utterly speechless, and so a review wouldn't do it justice. Watch it for a deeply affecting and possibly life-changing experience.

  • I Am Keiko

    I Am Keiko

    ★★★★★

    The hyper-awareness of time added a sense of existentialism, where the long periods of silence gave the viewer time to not only ponder their own lives, but also Keiko's. Obviously, events in the film were fictional, but based on the information we were given about her, it was clear that she started "recording" as a form of coping mechanism following her father's death. Perhaps because until that point, she took the time spent with him for granted, and felt that…

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  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★

    "It's alright, it's okay, there's something to live for...Jesus told me so!"

    Calling this inspirational would be an understatement. As someone dreaming of making their own films, watching this gave insight to the complicated process of independent filmmaking. Filled with memorable quotes and dry humor, this is a must-watch for any film lover. If only Mark would eventually release Northwestern.

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    Wong Kar-wai + Christopher Doyle + Tony Leung = Instant masterpiece

    Seriously though, this has such tasteful depiction of gay romance and I love how they make use of both B&W and colored footage. The accordion music also fits beautifully with the sensual atmosphere. So glad I watched this.