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  • Winter Light

    Winter Light

    ★★★★½

    WINTER LIGHT. The Trilogy of Faith is tested in the most frigid days of the year. Faces freeze on screen so we inspect every twitch of the mouth, the fold of every wrinkle like the seams between the pages of a Bible. There is no response between the lines.

    The light is so blinding it threatens to annihilate in an instant. The high albedo of snow makes the season of least light glare more piercingly than the hottest, brightest of…

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★★★

    The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf. It whispers of things to come. Yet beyond the walls of the home, we find that the whispers are screams: far-off signals and sounds the thunder of an incoming storm.

    Ships of faith dangle midair and land ashore like Jonah's leviathan. A family's claustrophobic closeness provokes the invasion and intervention of God. It is times of trouble, murkiness, and doubt that test and reveal the true shape of nature. As with the…

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    For someone from a poor background, Christine (who christens herself with the asinine name of Lady Bird, a real mouthful) talks and acts with a disgusting amount of privilege, pettiness, and insensitivity. I already hated this movie just from the trailer when she basically casually attempts suicide by rolling out of a car after an argument barely happened with her mother. Suicide should never be a laughing matter. I don't even want to think about what would happen if I…

  • Infernal Affairs

    Infernal Affairs

    ★★★★½

    The true and full impact of INFERNAL AFFAIRS and its marvelously constructed story can only exist in the unique context of Hong Kong as a British colony taken from the old Chinese empire, and later handed over to Communist China. INFERNAL AFFAIRS deals with changing identities, the search for each other and oneself, loyalties, morality, and digging into the past to see similarities and parallels since the point of divergence (colonialism) and reunion (1997 handover). These points are literally confirmed…