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  • Blow Out
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
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  • Bones and All

    ★★★★½

  • Fires on the Plain

  • Reality Bites

    ★★★★

  • The Big Chill

    ★★★½

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    Vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc., have been long been used metaphorically to express everything from queerness to social conformity to the immigrant experience. So it’s not like Guadagnino is some genius for using cannibal-nomads to portray lonely, traumatized outsiders. But what he understands so well is that using mood and atmosphere to achieve an emotional honesty can be more effective than using dialogue or well-orchestrated action to get an intellectual point across. The whole film is a giant mood piece that…

  • BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    ★★★½

    It took me a long time to fully understand why Iñárritu’s Catholic themes bother me so much but not Scorsese’s. I think the difference is in Iñárritu’s worldview, punishment and suffering comes from a higher power to create balance in a very B&W world. Whereas in Scorsese’s worldview gives more agency, as he sees punishment as part of a ritual in a world where we struggle to create our own balance. One leads to misery porn and thinks suffering in…

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★½

    Despite all of the gore and disgusting noises, it’s really Sully’s slimey ponytail that creeped me out the most.

  • Reality Bites

    Reality Bites

    ★★★★

    Winona forever

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  • El Angel

    El Angel

    ★★★½

    TIFF 2018 #20


    It’s like if Xavier Dolan made a 70’s gangster film but was Latinx ...and talented.

  • Madame Satã

    Madame Satã

    ★★★★

    Karim Aïnouz really deserves more respect. Between this & Invisible Life, it’s clear he’s got a great eye for beautiful gritty films. Not to mention although both films are tragedies in ways, he at no point wants to make misery porn (Thank god!).