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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    officially the greatest movie-going experience of my life thus far. 

    for my sweet sixteen, my family rented out the local independent theater (shoutout to The Grand!) and invited all of my closest friends and family members. 

    about 50 people showed up, ranging from ages 7 to 74. the fact that EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the room was thoroughly entertained is a HUGE testament to the film. 

    my best friends filled up two rows. 

    malia and i danced to a lovely…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    in portuguese, Alma translates to soul.

    all noise fades out as Reynolds scrambles through a crowd to find his soul. in this very moment, nothing else matters other than Alma.

    Alma and Reynolds are like magnets. you put them together in the correct way and they cling together. flip one magnet around the two push back firmly. 

    my relationship with this film has completely changed. i think i’ve grown to understand a film like this since i last saw Phantom…

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  • Let the Sunshine In

    Let the Sunshine In

    ★★½

    Let the Sunshine In has interesting subject matter at its core. Unfortunately, the film seems to be aware of this. Although it has its genuine moments, Let the Sunshine In is too contemplative for its own good.

    Despite the overall dullness, Juliette Binoche delivers an emotional yet subtle performance that makes the film worth the watch.

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★

    This film is like cotton candy. It’s pretty and fluffy, but doesn’t have much substance. I don’t feel like tearing it down because it’s a genuinely sweet and well meaning film, so I’ll write about my favorite part: Cyd Charisse.

    I first fell in love with her after my first viewing of Singin’ In the Rain. As time goes on, I continue to be impressed by her grace and beauty. Obviously she’s lovely when she isn’t dancing, but I swear…

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  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★

    if you have been following me for a while or have read my “about me” list, you probably know that i have depression. it’s been very severe lately. i haven’t attended a full day of school in nearly two months. most days i can’t even get out of bed without crying. usually when things get bad i turn to action and horror to distract myself, but i’m so sensitive and vulnerable right now that sitting through even a mild horror…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    2018 has been the hardest year of my life thus far, but i’m so glad i have film and the people who love it as much as i do to turn to when things get bad. i’m not gonna be too sappy, but i hope your 2019 is better than 2018 (even if 2018 was great!)
    some of my mutuals on here that i enjoyed seeing on my letterboxd and twitter that made my year better:
    carmen, josiah, ruiz, caryn, masterlundengaard, laura, trav, gibbsy, owen, issy, liz, yazz, syd, sarah, michelle, bethany and many others!