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  • The Fiancés
  • There Was a Father
  • The Mouth Agape
  • India Song

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

  • The Velvet Underground

    ★★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★½

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  • Summer Hours

    Summer Hours

    ★★★★½

    Nothing is sacred and permanent except that which remains of practical use.
    Sentiments are better served when objects as well as relationships remain functional.
    Assayas has managed to distill this quite beautifully with his lovingly intimate images of a family and an unsentimental view of the death of its matriarch. 
    Life just like economics is difficult to predict except that it will continue to create and destroy new objects and memories.

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Call it a moral tale or simply a fantasy, feels appropriate for both a family audience and cinephiles, although the theater I watched this in was empty.
    It has some obtuse self seriousness and gloomy cinematography to make the audience ponder but has just enough tongue in cheek humor to get its message across. It was surprisingly enjoyable.

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  • A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    ★★★★½

    While I was going through some of the previous reviews of this film, I noticed someone call it a "flawed masterpiece". I do not generally like to use this oxymoron to assess a film but this film definitely seems to fit into that category. There are so many things in this film that are flawed or might appear to lack imagination but then it does seem to get so many things right that it makes me think.

    The whole nature…

  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    ★★★★½

    On the face of it, this film has several of the standard Hong tropes. Some guy from the art film fraternity, hanging around in a strange town, developing messy romantic relationships with strangers, bonding over drinking and smoking etc. At the same time, this is perhaps one of the saddest of Hong's films. The act of turning away from your loved one may seem to appear as an act of cowardice or unromantic to say the least, but that practical…