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  • In Praise of Love

    ★★★★

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  • Norte, the End of History

    Norte, the End of History

    ★★★

    Norte, the End of History is a devastating, slow-burn tale that explores the nature of ubiquitous evil in contemporary Filipino society. It is told with a compelling force of audacity, constantly open and free-flowing, growing darker and darker until a final stretch that is among the most despairing things I've ever seen.

    We follow two parallel lives, one that details a man's descent into madness, driven by the guilt of the murder he commits, and one that shows the man…

  • Edvard Munch

    Edvard Munch

    ★★★★½

    An insightful and multi-layered docudrama that focuses on the artist's inner affairs and their influences, rather than just focusing on the creative process of the art. It is a brilliant showcase of bravura filmmaking, filled with warm, sombre hues and intimate camera movements to illustrate the life of Edvard Munch himself with utmost concision and authenticity.

    By sticking to absolute realism, Watkins achieves what other biopics fail to do - telling a story with sincerity and fascination. This perfectly conveys…

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  • In Praise of Love

    In Praise of Love

    ★★★★

    In Praise of Love is a masterclass in juxtaposition and abstraction - a film where Godard frames the sombre, velvety black-and-white shadows of the present-day, along with the thick supersaturated tones of an extended flashback - to tell a love story, as well as the story of love itself. It illustrates philosophical quandaries on universal meaning besides the challenge of creating an honest work of art, all while evoking emotions through its vivid and epiphanic beauty.

    I'll come back to this forever.

  • Rififi

    Rififi

    ★★★½

    An unbelievably smooth and stylish noir film that takes place against an underworld backdrop - wonderfully highlighted by stunning night-time cinematography that gleams under the moonlight. All the brilliance may lie within the tense, 30-minute heist sequence that takes place in silence, but I really do admire the rigorous attention to detail even more. The efficient and methodical pace sweeps you up in the aftermath, leaving you on edge until the incredible final frame.

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  • He's All That

    He's All That

    ½

    i want to kill myself

  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★

    3 hours of pure visual ecstasy - illustrating the phenomenology of zen, like poetry in motion. Thanks to the leisured pacing and mesmerizing styles of visual fragmentation, this film finds the perfect balance between pulse-tightening fight scenes and stretches of fascinating dialogue. The vibrant fibres of sunlight beat down against the exquisite landscapes while characters float effortlessly through the air.

    The film never misses a beat, constantly moving at a precise rhythmic tempo that becomes addicting, always impressing because of…