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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★

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

    An insane journey that is so beautifully shot and animated. Every shot of the stalker is deeply unsettling and threw me off at each appearance. It's hard to think of anything to say because I'm still processing after watching it two days ago. It's one of those movies I'll have to watch 10 more times because of how the screenwriter works your mind and perception. It's interesting to think that Mima went completely off the rails in '97 when she…

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★★★½

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

    I read a review by Rogert Ebert about the film where he talks about the process the cast went through while filming. The actors are forced to do various takes until they are drained, which results in near emotionless performances from all of them. This forces the viewer to interpret the emotions that a character might be having in response to particular interactions or events. This instantly reminded me of Yorgos Lanthimos’s films, which similarly have this dry acting and…

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  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    ★★★

    Really liked how they included interviews with contemporary artists (a Jonas brother, Justin Timberlake, Noel Gallagher, Chris Martin) who were influenced by the Bee Gees.

    Also important to note that the director included voices from marginalized communities to tell the story of the rise and fall of disco. There aren't many music documentaries that can effectively shine a spotlight on social issues while still keeping the artist at the center of the conversation.

  • The Boys in the Band

    The Boys in the Band

    ★★★½

    This remake of William Freidkin's 1970 film adaptation remains true to the original, with both welcome and unnecessary nuances.

    I think this is an incredible and important movie. From what I've read, it does a great job of capturing aspects of pre-Stonewall era gay life, and the original movie signaled a significant milestone in the portrayal of queer people in cinema. No other movies in 1970 were showing gay men as ordinary people. Instead you got the stereotypical "pansy" character,…