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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

    Paul Thomas Anderson captures the atmosphere of the west coast in the early 70's — a time and place in American history I find endlessly fascinating — brilliantly in Inherent Vice. Inherent Vice certainly is a confusing film, but in a way that works in it's favour, immersing the viewer in its hazy, psychedelic atmosphere.
    I don't have a problem with the aimlessness of the film's narrative, which seems to be a regular complaint lodged at it. It's a subversive…

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    ★★

    A vulgar and distasteful film without any substance or insight to make up for it. It's a shame, because the premise could have made for a very interesting film.

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  • Microhabitat

    Microhabitat

    ★★★★

    A beautiful film, and as I see it, a commentary about how the pressure to meet and conform to today's societal expectations among young adults often comes at the cost of one's individuality and happiness. I certainly relate to and admire Miso a lot, who retains a sense of individualism and idealism in a world where those traits are sorely needed but all too often shunned.

    Microhabitat is a highly impressive debut film. Maybe not fully realized, but certainly close. I look forward to seeing more from this director.

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★

    Nine stories — exploring themes such as loneliness, love, hate, trauma, and regret — are unravelled and woven together beautifully over the course of a day in P. T. Anderson's 1999 ensemble piece Magnolia. Each character is given equal attention and care, and each story feels absolutely crucial to the film. Of course, some storylines are more engaging than others, but I never felt uninvested or disengaged at any point in the film. There's something in Magnolia for everyone. Through situations and emotions we can all identify with, Magnolia explores the absolute fundamentals of being human, and does so in a very honest and profound way.