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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    “Even if I fail, I have to finish what I started.”

    How do I even describe such an intimate story?
    Right from the start every little detail about this tells you you’re in for something special, but no matter how much you mentally prepare for it, it will be unlike any other family story you’ve ever seen. When you’re trying to stay afloat and make something of yourself all on your own, in a country that still doesn’t feel like…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

    “You saved my life. You made it beautiful.”

    Stories about loss and grief have always been some of my favorites to watch, and though I’ve always associated those themes with death, this feels just as emotional and meaningful as any other story of its kind could be. There’s something special about putting those emotions into something most of us probably take from granted, in this case the sense of hearing and the ability to so easily communicate with others as…

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  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★½

    “I don’t know what pain is.”

    I love a good revenge flick every now and then, but sometimes they can easily be ruined by the repetitiveness that comes with these type of stories. This one in particular could’ve done with maybe 30 minutes off its runtime; it had everything it needed to make for an exciting thriller, but it drags the story so much, only to end with a predictable conclusion.
    The actual plot, as well as the performances and the tension it creates may be enough to make it worth watching but I don’t think it’s anything special as a whole.

  • Pihu

    Pihu

    ★★★

    “Mommy, wake up!”

    Kids are so smart but so fragile.
    Watching this is so painful, stressful, harrowing, intense, and all the similar adjectives you can think of. So simplistic and straightforward but with so much happening at the same time; there was not a single moment where I didn’t feel my heart beating in my chest while watching this story unfold.
    Definitely a hard one to digest but worth the anxiety it puts you through.

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  • Tall Girl

    Tall Girl

    ½

    imagine being tall, skinny, blonde AND white in america... the STRUGGLE

  • Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea

    Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea

    This started pretty bad with a “woo hoo I’m white” kind of narrative for the first few minutes but actually had some pretty insightful conversations throughout, which were really interesting to hear. I think we (especially as a POC myself) often tend to praise white people for not being racist or for being friendly, which should just be the right thing to do, but we rarely see someone actually trying to learn and listen about others’ experience rather than trying…