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  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • First Reformed
  • Taste of Cherry

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  • Five Easy Pieces

    ★★★★★

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★½

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★

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  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces

    ★★★★★

    every time in the interim between watches i forget how long this movie takes to arrive at what i consider its narrative and emotional center, aka the entire sequence at bobby's home in washington. and in hindsight i think this is not only wise but essential, as the film gives equal weight to the leaving, the flux, the arriving, and then again the leaving. we are as restless as him, is all i really mean to say, and the film…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★

    i frankly don't know or care or think it matters what has been accepted as "canon" about barry's neurological status but this has gotta be the best autism film of all time, right? so deeply rewarding to see a character so emotionally complex - messy, even; imperfect - and yet be shown to both love and be loved, without the strange patronization that so often accompanies stories of autistic people experiencing love. perhaps i'm projecting (there are just so many…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    i continue to think this is a masterpiece, a genuinely thoughtful look at what it's like to live in this world (or, more accurately, the world of america in the 1970s) as a young woman and the ways in which male attention - from any direction, it doesn't matter which direction - can become all-consuming and self-defining. the vibes are immaculate and all but alana is truly just one of the most captivating characters in recent cinema

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    witness the large cultural infatuation with the liminal - two separate large twitter accounts dedicated to liminal spaces, an entire subreddit dedicated to “the night feeling,” all saturated with images of streetlights hitting a rain-dappled road or the light flickering inside a long-forgotten ATM or a McDonald’s hollowed out well past midnight. fallen angels taps into what is so intoxicating about that type of atmosphere, both from an aesthetic perspective and a deeply human one; before and after the photograph…