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  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★★

    I’ve decided to write a more lengthy review to express what this movie actually means to me.

    I was born in Sweden, but my parents fled their home country Bosnia in 1992. My mom was 8 months pregnant with me when they arrived to a new country. The war ended when I was 3 and we moved to Bosnia a year later. For my parents and older brother, it meant going home. For me, it was moving to another country.…

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  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★

    I was really into reading thrillers and whodunits a few years ago, but I think The Woman in the Window came out right as I was getting tired of the genre so I went into this adaptation completely blind. And I think that’s really all that kept me engaged til the end.

    This starts off really interesting with a thrilling opening scene and visually captivating shots that feel dreamlike. I loved the combination of light and shadows that’s used in…

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    I wish I liked this more. After seeing such rave reviews, I guess I was expecting something… not as formulaic. It holds your attention with fun animation and dialogue, but ultimately doesn’t really deliver in its story that often times feels contrived. The dynamic between Katie and her father was well-written and realistically portrayed, though I wish we could’ve spent some more time with them. 

    Nevertheless, this was a really fun watch and a great case for why film can be therapeutic.

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  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★½

    Some films get more relevant with time, for better or worse. La Haine is a grim reminder of the cruelty that arises from inequity and spreads like cancer in the forgotten corners of the world. There is a certain subtlety to the way in which the film approaches its subject matter, which I think is made possible by its strikingly realistic portrayal of the three young men. 

    Every stylistic choice felt like it came with a purpose, even the black…