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THE BEAST is an ambitious, existential love story that I found engrossing one moment, then it completely lost me, only to suck me back in again. Uneven in its pacing but strangely alluring in the best ways. Léa Seydoux & George MacKay are spellbinding in their time-jumping roles. Admired it more than loved it but I’m leaving room open for a rewatch down the line.
THE MONK AND THE GUN presents a traditional way of life undergoing drastic change with rich thematic texture. Loved the vibrant, gorgeous images of Bhutan & the modest but candidly funny dialogue. A pleasantly surprising & confident evolution from Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom.
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT is the most terrifyingly realistic depiction of war on film since Saving Private Ryan. A bleak, brutal onslaught on the senses with an immersive soundscape & astonishing cinematography. A stunning technical achievement on all fronts from production design, makeup, original score to Felix Kammerer’s agonizing performance.
Greta Gerwig has done it again! BARBIE never loses its joyous spirit while telling a thoughtfully meta-story about gender roles, existentialism & self-worth. First 15 minutes had me a bit nervous but as it progressed beyond Barbieland and into the real world it became much more layered & emotional than I was expecting. Margot Robbie is beyond perfect in a role she was born to play, while Ryan Gosling is exuberantly hilarious. Endlessly creative, silly & fun.