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  • La La Land
  • Spirited Away
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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  • Marriage Story

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  • Oldboy

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  • Twin Peaks

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

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    "If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries."

    The first half is a lonely, funny, jazzy escapade in the midnight of Hong Kong, electrifying and atmospheric, less so a romance than its other half but full of that same youthful energy. Violent, heartfelt, full of melancholy and soul for this pathetic, relatable guy and his heartbreak, and with a self-aware comedic center giving it some of the most comforting,…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

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    I kid you not, this is the next great movie of this generation.

    "Evelyn, I'm not your husband. I'm another version of him from another universe. I'm here because we need your help."

    Fervently original and unapologetically weird, the filmmaking duo aptly named 'Daniels' have made a creative masterwork only possible because they probably picked out every single emotion from the multiverse and piled them into a controlled, incoherent, cohesive, chaotic, singular movie. It had me sweating from laughter, almost…

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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    "You're not important. Get used to it."

    Somewhere between the self-indictment and self-obsession in Birdman (being a movie about actors acting as actors in a commentary on actors) is this genuine, soulful core. It’s a movie for movie-lovers to think about their movie-loving but it strikes me more as this deeply human look at how each of us defines ourselves.

    Maybe it’s over-the-top sometimes but in this immaculately paced slice of a man’s history are these intersecting arcs of fulfilling…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

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    β€œGetting divorced with a kid is one of the hardest things to do. It's like a death without a body.”

    Movies = Empathy. Proof = Marriage Story.

    This movie is practically a textbook on human emotion. Baumbach’s naturalism plainly depicts this mundane, heartbreaking, boring, and distressing struggle with a humanity unmatched by most movies.

    What is that humanity?

    It’s love. It’s loss. It’s the feelings that you feel for somebody but can’t put into words. Or maybe that you can…

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

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    When Chihiro was eating rice balls and crying... I felt that

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

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    "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."

    Oldboy tap-dances around the idea of the exploitation in disturbing subject matter in a way that I can’t decipher. It's a very interesting way to tell its somewhat blunt theme: how can you ignore it if it feels like a hammer?

    It's almost elegant in its unflinching excessiveness and its comic-book style pairs nicely with a story grimmer than most can dream. Its entertainment (hallway fight is 10/10)…