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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★

    films from the year I was born 🤍


    Pining for the dead.

    Both embodying the everlasting cynical teenage angst rooted in everyone’s spirit, uncultured misanthropist Enid (Thora Birch) and her disoriented yet socially appreciated best friend Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), undergo the early taste of adulthood and its conformist capitalist structure through what appears to be a boundless volume of independence and a backdrop of a grotesque neighborhood full of caricatures and simulacra of artifacts from a bygone era.

    The awakening…

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★★★

    I hate the way this film romanticizes the hard to get girl trope, and the way women shown are supposed to be more irresistible for the eyes of men in this manner (especially when the director is a cis guy)

    I hate the way how the plot’s foundation is based on the fact that a short white sad boi (gordon-levitt) creates an unnatural and immoral scheme on how to get a woman whom he fancies, treating her as an object…

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  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★½

    80s Ranked 👍

    The nostalgic bond of the four children is frequently communicated in hostility and bullying, as if they were bracing and training themselves for the mature world they see around them. While their parents are presented as indifferent, and the things that we hear center only on abuse and emotional illiterateness. Throughout the film’s short runtime, the children are uninterruptedly put through psychological and bodily abuse and the only ones that can help them are none other than themselves. Ironically, as they push themselves to be experienced, the society that soon they’ll become a part of only provides negligence, brutality and inferiority.

  • Amour

    Amour

    ★★★

    2012 Ranked 👍

    Violence linked to failures in human communication.

    The story dominates the film, subdues the composure, supposedly in favor of explaining rather than judging. The violence is not graphic; it’s unhesitatingly scattered in a dramaturgical space that communicates the loneliness in which the characters find themselves in front of society and the harrowing nostalgia that remains of a long life on the verge of extinction, whose memories are attested by an old photo album or by the strained…

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    90s Ranked 👍

    A distorting representation of phantasmagoria shown between hallucinatory visions and the repeated abyss.

    We’re inside the heroine’s psyche. Codes of narrative are broken and we’re taken ceaselessly into the uncertainty that equates with Mima’s uncertainty of reality. We almost feel the swirl of her domestic life, overhearing her various fans ridicule or praising every bit of her decision to the point that we’re living as if through a type of voyeuristic lens. Cameras and screens become a…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    2001 Ranked 👍

    A portrait of a woman in authority coming unfinished.

    Foiled ambitions, voyeuristic physical remove, self-serving games, The Piano Teacher unveils innumerable layers of one inhibited sadomasochist Erika Kohut (Huppert) - grim, staunch, and prim on her traditional facade, but underneath, a profoundly maladjusted woman of strained sexual and emotional impulses. She stands as if an elegantly groomed disciplinarian over her students and leads a feigned life of sterness and control - a monastic life - as her…