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  • Cure
  • Amadeus
  • The New World
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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  • The Very Eye of Night

  • The Seashell and the Clergyman

  • The Last Laugh

    ★★★

  • Häxan

    ★★★½

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Mulholland Drive is a deconstruction of fantasy—a dreamlike one so unique to Lynch as a director that others may have attempted to mimic but ultimately fell short of Lynch's work. The LA trilogy is particularly noteworthy for its manipulation of perception and reality, as well as its literal and metaphorical boundaries. There is no definite answer, only clues scattered throughout, but this is what makes them so immersive and enjoyable.

    In this case, we see a woman attempting to chase…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    Without a question, one of the most outrageously striking films I have ever seen. The long, stunning rural landscapes make the perfect backdrop for a film like this. The cinematography feels so personal, complimented by the most astounding score, maybe one of the best I've ever heard. The entire film is meditative, but with a sense of genuine urgency, raising numerous questions about values, relationships, and loyalty to a purpose. I got similar feelings while watching this as I felt…

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  • The Seashell and the Clergyman

    The Seashell and the Clergyman

    One of the first examples of pure surrealism in film, with bizarre yet compelling and gratifying imagery matched to a truly mind-bending melody. I won't even try to analyse the images in this; it's completely dream-like and transcendent—perhaps an assessment on fixation and paranoia, but for the most part, it's difficult to tell. Extremely psychoanalytic in its ideas, and not to be excessively dramatic, but it made me feel genuinely strange at times. Indescribable, but pretty fucking cool.

  • The Last Laugh

    The Last Laugh

    ★★★

    As with every Murnau film, this is full of striking visual sequences. Pure, receptive illustrative storytelling, made even more impressive by making use of only one title card throughout the entire film. Sadly, after 30/40 minutes, it felt like a brief story pushed to the utmost limit, and I no longer felt like I was gaining much at all from it. Maybe I'll have to give it another shot soon! Especially given that it's a short one.

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