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  • Army of Shadows

    Army of Shadows

    ★★★★★

    This haunting film about the French Resistance seems like a perfect masterpiece to me. I'm so sad and moved, and also kind of awestruck. How did I not even know about it until today? I can say for sure it'll be in my Top 100.

  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    ★★★½

    This is a begrudging 3.5 stars because I found the story and characters only mildly interesting and also mildly irritating. However I really love the music, the art direction and cinematography. The fake looking brightly coloured sea creatures are very cool.

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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★★

    I’m not going to be able to write about this now, because I’m reeling. I know for certain that I’ll watch Carnival of Souls again and again.

    So...mind blown partly because I wrote about half of this in a story when I was a teenager and I definitely hadn’t seen this film. Mind also blown because of literally everything else. The worst thing about it is some bad acting but it actually works incredibly well for the film. How can that be?

  • Zazie dans le Métro

    Zazie dans le Métro

    ★★★★½

    Looney Tunes x Tati x fun Godard + Demy's parrot + je ne sais quoi = Zanzie dans le Metro. It's completely bonkers and unrelenting. Surely it's the pinnacle of whatever the hell it is.

    Pauline Kael said it was a big hit in France and a miss in the US. It's 'almost demonic in its inventiveness' and one critic said 'there's something not quite innocent or healthy' about it. There's definitely a disconcerting, unwholesome undercurrent and I can't decide…