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  • Boogie Nights
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • The Apartment
  • Three Colors: Blue

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  • Titane

    ★★★★★

  • Videodrome

    ★★★★½

  • Paint Drying

  • Amour

    ★★★★

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  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    Double Indemnity is something that I see myself revisiting many times both in the near future, and for the ages to come. This is not only because I have an upcoming midterm which Double Indemnity is a prime focus, but the film’s level of entertainment easily lends itself to repeat viewings. I don’t think I will ever not be completely swept away by the way this immersive puzzle of a movie gets pieced together. Giving away a part of the…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★

    With all the hype I had developed for this movie, I was disappointed to see that Spencer almost solely flourishes in its technical aspects. The cinematography and Greenwood’s score are some of the best so far this year, but does that really mean anything if the movie accompanying these characteristics is as much of a meandering, repetitive bore as this one? Larrain’s direction doesn’t display any sign of the point he is trying to make with this film, if there…

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  • Paint Drying

    Paint Drying

    So, I just wanted to use this chance to make it known that I will be taking a short break from reviewing, and eventually from watching films altogether. I have midterms coming up a week from today and I want to be sure to put most of my energy into preparing for those, with minimal distractions. Beyond this, I will also use this short break as a bit of a reset from writing as I’ve been lacking motivation to write…

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight

    ★★★★½

    It is so deeply crushing to watch this film directly after the first two installments of Jesse and Celine’s relationship. Midnight mostly throws out the element of escapism that the first two films bring, and leaves you with the more grounded and heartbreaking situation of a relationship with countless issues, that may seem to be losing its magic. The only thing I can think of comparing this film to is Marriage Story, because they are similar in their dialogue and…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Feels a lot less dream-like and unrealistic than Sunrise does, but the naive hopefulness of that film is replaced her with the true and often bleak reality of life and time. I find it really effective the way that the passage of time is the main antagonistic force of these films. In this film Celine and Jesse keep putting off their inevitable goodbye, attempting to stop, or at least slow down time, but to no avail. There is a subtle yearning…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★★½

    My 500th film on letterboxd!!

    Surprisingly underwhelmed and a little bored by this. I guess I just expected this sequel to maintain the same quick pace as the first with just as much action, but this movie is way more character based than part 1. This isn’t to say that The Godfather Part 2 isn’t brilliant, it certainly is. It’s just that it throws everything that made the first Godfather so great out the window, and tries a completely different…