Zayaan

Zayaan

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I like Disney movies, foreign films and musicals but I generally try to watch everything.

Current theme: Disney

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    “What brung such a one as ye to this damned rock?”

    The Lighthouse (2019) is a very strange and filthy film.

    For starters, I love the premise.

    Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity as they are left alone on a remote and mysterious island shrouded in a dark mist.

    It’s vague, chilling and leaves room for so much but has in place very particular restrictions on how the story can function.

    And I think The Lighthouse does a…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    “We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.”

    Roma is one of my favorite movies of all time. I think many people (myself included) can find part of themselves in this narrative on a deeper level no matter what they are and appreciate it for it’s beauty.

    If a movie gets me to care for the characters, the story feels real to me. I care deeply for Cleo, the protagonist of this film because…

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  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    ★★★★

    Classmates is only an hour long, has a really concise story, very few characters and the art style is generally minimalist.

    But despite that the story and characters feel properly developed and the visuals are relaxing and pretty.

    And the minimalism was a breath of fresh air and sets Classmates apart from most anime I’ve seen since they often tend to have over-the-top visuals.

    And this movie is absolutely adorable. The first lgbt+ animated feature length film I’ve ever seen so that’s nice.

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★

    The miniatures motif, the ominous air horn, the familial trauma, the forested middle American setting etc.

    So much of The Lodge reminds me of Hereditary.

    Ari Aster didn’t really invent these tropes but these comparisons were bad for this movie because it also kept reminding how much better Hereditary is than this.

    But The Lodge is very different from Hereditary in other ways and I think these similarities in the buildup lead to subversion of expectations later on which I thought was fantastic.

    Anyways, this is my first watch from my Halloween 2020 watchlist.

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  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    ★★★½

    Never Let Me Go has some very interesting themes and though it’s does an adequate job at adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, I feel like it could’ve been better.

    The cinematography is nice, nothing outstanding but there were some wide shots I thought were especially pretty. The music is wonderful and really added to the experience.

    Carey Mulligan is fantastic and I wish this had more of Sally Hawkins.

    And at this point it’s nice to see Kiera Knightley in something…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.