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  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

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    Incredibly touching and moving. Wong Kar-wai has been on my radar for a while and i'm kicking myself for taking this long to finally get into his filmography. The way he depicts romance and emotion is masterful; it feels extreme and hyper-dramatic but still incredibly sincere and genuine. You feel every moment of this toxic relationship ranging from elation to utter heartbreak as they go through good times and constant conflict. At its core Happy Together is a story about…

  • Welcome to Chechnya

    Welcome to Chechnya

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    pride month 2k20 🌈🌈🌈 x Shef Doc/Fest 2k20 πŸ“·

    Absolutely unflinching, the most important film shown at Doc/Fest this year by far. A harrowing look into the purge of the LGBT community in Chechnya. We follow the Russian underground railroad taking queer people out of Russia and into Canada to safety. The refugees lives and the trauma and the violence they've faced are on full display and are utterly heart-wrenching. It's a fine balance between intimacy and absolute horror supported…

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  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

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    Poorly made and painfully exploitative towards the animals and people involved. Was honestly expecting it to live up to the hype as the craziest thing ever but the people involved are tragic more than anything else and the documentary frames them as these unusual and memeable personalities obscuring the undercurrent of mental illness and animal abuse associated around them to make for more digestible entertainment. Like there's genuinely a guy that grooms young women into living in squalor as a…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

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    This is by far my favourite film of the year. It's just perfect with every little detail being precisely made for a massive emotional gutpunch. It feels like a massive cathartic release of Shia just outpouring his life and trauma directly into your brain. His memories and experience are shown beautifully in the neon cinematography reminiscent of spring breakers. The seedy neon motel and its dark environment really showing the emotional pit he fell into as a child. Ultimately Honey…