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  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    A consistently gratifying horror film with a character-driven narrative and affecting dramatic weight?!  I'm shook.  Thank you Katie Rife for your Korean film Twitter thread!

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    I’ve seen this an absurd amount of times, but it remains one of the most pleasantly enthralling films ever made.  I guess that’s a testament how resonant it truly is.  I haven’t met a single person that doesn’t at least ‘like’ it - even people who don’t usually watch movies.  No wonder this has a perfect cinescore.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    There are two types of cinephiles in this world: those who prefer Stanley Kubrick's expansive, symphonic sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and those who prefer Andrei Tarkovsky's inwardly meditative elegy, Solaris.

    Although I fall within latter, there is no denying the brilliance of Kubrick's vision. He insists on displaying his ideas in a painstakingly precise, yet grandiose fashion, making for some of the most memorable images in film history. His tone was difficult to attune with at first, but eventually became mesmeric. The ending was also PERFECT, but I'm still unsure about some bits in between. Maybe I'm just super sleep deprived. Probably.

  • Solaris

    Solaris

    ★★★★★

    Update (brief review):
    Been going back and rewatching scenes/discussing/analyzing the film for most of the day and have come to the conclusion that it’s actually perfect.  I feel so grateful to have discovered Tarkovsky.