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  • The Remains of the Day

    The Remains of the Day

    ★★★★

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

    Warning: big spoilers for both the movie and its source material.

    Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favorite authors. I've read his entire bibliography but 2 books (which is a much smaller accomplishment than it sounds, since he's only written around 8 books in total, and some short stories). The Remains of the Day, the book that got him a Booker prize, is my favorite. It's easily one of my favorite books of all time.

    So I had lots of…

  • Arctic

    Arctic

    ★★★★★

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

    I should probably preface this with the following: I absolutely love survival stories. Man versus nature. People being pushed to their absolute extreme. Having to survive in the wilderness, with only yourself to count on.

    Another thing I love: the arctic and antarctic setting. Especially in horror, I love the cold, the isolation, the visuals, everything. All the more reason I want to see more (ant)arctic movies, because there's few enough of them as it is.

    Oh, and I love…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    Was lucky enough to catch a screening of the extended edition in the cinema. If COVID allows, hopefully I'll see the next 2 as well!

    I find it hard to judge this movie. From the perspective of (blockbuster) filmmaking-- these movies are masterpieces. The score remains one of my all-time favorites, the cinematography, the design, CGI, locations, casting... lightning in a bottle.

    As adaptations of the source material, they fall short for me. Some specific characters get shafted (why is…

  • They/Them

    They/Them

    ★★★

    Watched this with my pupils when I taught about gender roles, transgender, non-binary, etc.

    It's not that great (very cheap look, terrible acting, terrible dialogue...) but it did the job, I suppose.

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  • A Rainy Day in New York

    A Rainy Day in New York

    ★½

    The plot felt ridiculously contrived, the characters were barely developed, most of the dialogue felt forced, many of its aspects have been done over and over and it didn't bring anything new to the table. Some of the technical aspects felt lazy: there was one specific scene where two characters were talking for 5 minutes or more and it just kept cutting to other person in the exact same type of shot each time that person said something.

    Made me…

  • The Neighbors' Window

    The Neighbors' Window

    ★★★

    Somewhat interesting little film on perspective and the grass always being greener on the other side. Ended up liking it much more than I was expecting.