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  • The New Land
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • Wings of Desire
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  • Tenet

    ★★★★

  • Detour

    ★★★½

  • Living

    ★★★★

  • Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★

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  • Yoyo

    Yoyo

    ★★★★½

    Yoyo starts off as a silent film and then becomes a talkie as we transition out of the 20s. Just brilliant!

    French slapstick brings a smile to my face, particularly ones made in the 50s and 60s. Jacques Tati was a mentor to Pierre Étaix, the director of this film, and one might say the influences are apparent in Yoyo. However, I think Pierre Étaix has such a beautiful style of filmmaking that is very much his own. I'll definitely…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★½

    "Your time today is through, but you'll spend eternity with angels and ghosts."

    I'll write a proper review if I see this a second time, but there's something that I just have to get out of my system. I was feeling the ending. It was just about to be perfect. The emotions were whirling. And then the montage happened. A series of shots from movies throughout the history of cinema.

    I read the script beforehand and that was not included…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★

    All the exposition in the world does tend to help my brain process inverted chronology and the temporal pincer movement. There’s a good amount of screenplay logic to back it all up, but from a visual standpoint, moving forward and backwards concurrently is the world’s greatest mindfuck. How do you not get confused in battle?

  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Detour is a film noir that puts the main character in the worst of predicaments. What if you are a hitchhiker and the person who picks you up dies in such a way that looks like murder? But if it wasn't murder, who would believe it? That's perhaps not the worst predicament. Enter femme fatale who wants to use this information against the hitchhiker if he doesn't do what she asks. But what if what she asks is totally unreasonable? This movie does a great job creating impossible scenarios that cloud one's judgment. While the plot is full of contrivances, it's pretty damn entertaining!

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    Third watch.

    Just like Letterboxd’s highest rated features, this one is slowly crawling up on my ranking as well. The more I watch it, the more I appreciate it and the more insights I pick up. Though admittedly, the rave sequence is so abstract, I don’t think there’s any one way to interpret it and I’d rather not read anything online about it so as not to sever the emotional connection I’ve made with it. I think it could be…

  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★★½

    Pearl is something I can easily return to every once in a while. The writing of Pearl’s character combined with an outstanding performance by Mia Goth is the strongest thing about this movie. Her sweet yet off-center personality makes you uncomfortable, especially when she turns ferocious. Also really love the lavish display of colors to complement the late 1910s production design.

    The weakest aspect of Pearl is the story, but with Ti West's direction, Mia Goth does such a great…