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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

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    β€œAre you lonesome tonight?”

    Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day is a film where everything and nothing happens all at once. An unrivalled artistic achievement in its magnitude and scope, the film encompasses adolescence, ideals, love, and anguish in a tender portrait of Taiwan's search for a collective identity. The film chronicles the exploits of the young and disillusioned Si’r, who is forced to attend night school after failing one of his classes; his family grows worried he will be…

  • My Night at Maud's

    My Night at Maud's

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    β€œThe thought of the future needn’t depress us, since we have none.”

    Γ‰ric Rohmer’s third of his six moral tales, My Night At Maud’s, concerns a Catholic man, Jean-Louis, who lives life practising a philosophy based on rationalisation and mathematical probability. At church, he falls in love with a beautiful young girl and vows she will be his wife. She is his ideal partner: blonde, pure, and devout. But after a brief encounter with an old schoolmate, Jean-Louis finds himself…

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  • Woodstock

    Woodstock

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    β€œWe must be in heaven, man.”

    Michael Wadleigh’s Woodstock is a sprawling landmark concert-documentary that captures the spirit of the youth of the late '60s and the signalling of the end of that halcyon. Edited by both Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker and partially shot by Scorsese himself, the documentary employed a cinΓ©ma vΓ©ritΓ© style that was reminiscent of other concert films of the time.

    It was August 15, 1969. The Manson Family murders had occurred just a few days…

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

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    β€œI saw happiness and pain in your eyes and reflections of the paradises lost and regained and lost again...”

    Jonas Mekas’ avant-garde masterpiece As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty is a record of the subtle feelings, emotions, daily joys of people as recorded in the voices, faces, and small everyday activities of people he has met, lived with, or observed. Mekas was not interested in the artifice of filmmaking, rather he strived to capture…

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

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    β€œI wanted to see him so bad that I didn't even dare imagine him anymore.”

    Seemingly birthed from the dust that surrounds him, a man wordlessly emerges from the desert, trudging towards an invisible horizon, his face weary and withered, his memory elusive, his soul haunted by regret and sorrow.

    Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas is a melancholic portrait of a broken man yearning for reconnection with a family whom he had left years ago. But much more so, the film…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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    β€œIn time you will know what it’s like to lose, to feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail all the same.”

    When directors say their sequel is β€œThe Empire Strikes Back” of sequels, rarely does it prove true. But yet it does in Avengers: Infinity War, and to a vast extent.

    Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel’s most ambitious foray into the superhero genre yet, culminating in the last ten years of the studio's existence. It is a bold…