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  • The Tree of Life
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Song to Song
  • Mysterious Skin

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  • The Last Airbender

    ★★★★½

  • The Happening

    ★★★½

  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

    ★★★★

  • Lady in the Water

    ★★★★½

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    TW // Childhood trauma, self-harm, suicide

    Back before my parents met each other, both of them were in previous marriages. My dad had a wife named Veronica, and they had one child who came into my dad's possession after Veronica passed away. That child's name was Bryce, and when my dad re-married, he legally became my half-brother. For most of my life, I didn't really know much about Bryce aside from what I've already stated here, and that he went…

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    All About Lily Chou-Chou

    I don't worry about too many things, but I haven't always been that way. I've spent multiple years of my life in a sickening void of paranoia, always afraid to be myself out of fear that someone will judge me for it. My parents, my friends, and practically anyone around me were always potential attackers. I worried about everything. Only in the most recent years of my life have I begun to gain some control over that element of my…

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  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    ★★★★½

    Compressing an entire season of television into a 103-minute film forces some corners to be cut. Tons of plot points are merely touched upon instead of being fully fleshed out, integral characters get introduced and incorporated with little backstory, and some very important plot details get reworked for the sake of simplicity in storytelling. It makes for a less meaty story - one much less concerned with creating a complete, lived-in world for its characters. It also makes for some…

  • The Happening

    The Happening

    ★★★½

    Not quite sure how to fully describe it, but there's something really interesting going on here. It's obvious why so many people see this as such a step down from Shyamalan's previous works, but there's a certain appeal to this that none of the rest of his work has in my view. One of Shyamalan's greatest strengths lies in his ability to elicit various emotions in his films through the use of tone. It's one of the core traits of…

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  • The Village

    The Village

    ★★★★

    "The world moves for love. It kneels down before it in awe."

    The world of The Village is an insular one, completely removed from the rest of modern society and set to live under the rule of an aged elite for generations to come. It damages, represses, and isolates its inhabitants in both the grander context of the world around them and within its own confines. The parents scare the children into submission and then claim they never meant to…

  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★★

    A cataclysmic event with the sole purpose of getting the members of a family to love each other more. It feels like the end of the world. Memories resurface that you thought you could keep hidden away. Everything hurts as the world collapses. But, when you're with the people you care about most, it can't be that bad. All you have to do is wrap your arms around each other in the darkness until the warm light of day shines through. It all comes together perfectly in a sort of cosmic way. It's beautiful.