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  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Rebels of the Neon God
  • The Wind Rises

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  • Pearl

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  • Man with a Movie Camera

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  • Bleeder

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  • Auto Focus

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  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark

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    This has been described as an anti-musical which I guess makes sense but it really does not work. There have been many films that try to deconstruct their own genre (see The Assassination of Jesse Jamesย for an anti-western for example), but good deconstructionist films have a true love for their genre. And I find that completely missing in Dancer in the Dark. I don't think Lars von Trier gives a shit about the musical genre, which makes this film reallyโ€ฆ

  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

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    Hae-jun saying ๆผ‚ไบฎ to Seo-rae added ten years to my life.

    In reference to Confucius' famous quote about the mountain and the sea, this film begins with a story about a mountain and ends at sea. Park Chan-wook is one of my favorite directors ever, and what I love most about him is how despite his extremely unique style, he's always growing as a filmmaker and trying new things. While famous for his Vengeance Trilogy in America, Park has aโ€ฆ

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  • Pearl

    Pearl

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    Pretty much on par with X, but if I had to choose, I'd probably give Pearl the edge. This one is, surprisingly, not super scary, but honestly, I kind of prefer that. Instead, it's a really fun ode to old technicolor films, and I feel like it understands its tone very well, never taking itself too seriously.

    As a prequel, I found Pearl's character a lot of fun but it didn't fully satisfy me for some reason. She's already kindโ€ฆ

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

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    I lugged a Mamiya 645 and a Nikon F5 up a mountain to take pictures of the sunset at the Griffith Observatory and I thought that was pretty hardcore but this guy probably lugged his big-ass movie camera throughout the entire city just to get coverage shots. Nothing but respect.

    The Sight & Sound list came out yesterday and this was the only film on the top 10 I haven't seen. Had to change that immediately.

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  • Junior

    Junior

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    What happened to Julia Ducournau during her teen years wtf

  • After Yang

    After Yang

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    A sci-fi reinterpretation of Edward Yang's Yi Yi. It's about coming to terms with a potential death in the family. Both Yang and Kogonada are hugely influenced by Ozu, but Kogonada is able to inject so many of his trademarks just two films into his career.

    His appreciation of architecture is really apparent in this (I'm not really surprised though considering he made Columbus), and the production design is so aesthetically pleasing. Truly moving film, and despite its title literallyโ€ฆ