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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    My 500th film on Letterboxd!

    I've been saving this one for a special occasion. Persona is a small film which contains multitudes and is perhaps best left unknowable. Bergman comes as close as anyone to creating pure cinematic poetry; exploiting every ambiguity the medium has to offer in order to create his masterpiece. Persona lived up to everything and more than I'd expected and will surely need to be revisited sooner rather than later.

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    ★★★★★

    Your whole world is crashing down around you, you're experiencing one of the most intensely emotional moments of your life and not a soul could understand, apart from one. The turmoil of our individual interior lives is often in stark contrast to the reserved exterior we must present, but underneath each stony facade something truly momentous may be occurring. Each day we pass hundreds of people without really contemplating or understanding the extraordinary stories they may be living through. Then,…

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  • The Dig

    The Dig

    ★★★★

    Quite predicable that I would love this really I mean it's a bucolic period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Lily James so there wasn't much question about it. Still, it surpassed my expectations in quite an unexpected way. Much less conventional that I had imagined and managed to interweave the story of the excavation with themes of death, time and love. Carey Mulligan is so good and I don't feel she gets enough credit for it, she most definitely does have the range.

  • mid90s

    mid90s

    ★★★½

    I was ready to hate this but I actually really liked it, the potential is there but quite a few aspects are underdeveloped. I wanted to know more about the characters like Ray and more about Stevie's home life. It definitely has that trying too hard A24 vibe going on but I can forgive it for that given I was entertained throughout.

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★½

    Film #2 of Scavenger Hunt #34 - January 2018
    Task #29 'A film you haven't seen by the director of one of your 4 favorite films as featured in your Letterboxd profile.'
    My full list here.

    Sometimes during a film I pause, look something up, get distracted, leave the room, come back and continue. For the entirety of Autumn Sonata my eyes were fixed firmly upon the emotions unfolding on the screen in front of me. The long and painful…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★★

    Wickedly funny, wickedly cruel and startlingly human. I honestly couldn't say which leading performance I loved most; Olivia Colman imbuing a capricious queen with quiet sadness and loneliness, Rachel Weisz walking a tightrope between the strident love of power and love itself, or Emma Stone's wide-eyed ingenuity with a side of duplicity. Whip-smart writing and stunning filmmaking combine to make this one of the most fascinating period pieces that leaves you with a real emotional punch.