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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    Suspiria is a loud movie, in its blaring, repetitive music and also its bright, bold colours that shine across the rainbow. Dario Argento's films always feel a little slapdash, but the fact that he makes his sleaze look beautiful is what separates him from the rest. Suspiria is a film built on a few horror kills with a plot forced around them, but Argento has such a way with the camera that the story matters not. Many of the most…

  • The Killing Fields

    The Killing Fields

    ★★★½

    For me cinema should be more than entertainment. Cinema should help us grapple with and understand our history. The Killing Fields is valuable because it captures the Cambodian Genocide, which is something the world has not reconciled with. The film is unfortunately not from the Cambodian perspective, but still, I am glad The Killing Fields exists.

    Forgive me for not discussing the film straightaway. I feel the need to re-iterate history before writing more, because The Killing Fields is incomplete…

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  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    You cannot follow or understand The Lighthouse, you watch for the experience. It starts silent, with an old style Universal logo, and then enters a free-fall into madness.

    The horror in The Lighthouse comes from how little we know. There's a series of small hauntings that grow, but never once are we afforded an explanation. The real and unreal are shot indistinguishably, forming a truly perplexing nightmare. 

    With skies of foggy grey, The Lighthouse is squalid, shit-stained, and rain-soaked. It's…