• The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

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    Not every millennial in their late 20s to early 30s writing Letterboxd reviews, tweeting, and/or sending Laganja Estranja GIFs to their friends after seeing Julie (in 12 Chapters). And that is Correct Behaviorβ„’.

    The representation we need; Renate Reinsve and Anders Danielsen Lie nails it (and each other) in 12 poignant yet hopeful, sometimes messy chapters.

    Chapters 2 (Cheating), 5 (Bad Timing), and 11 (Positive) are just highlights in screenwriting, direction, and acting.

    [Toronto International Film Festival 2021]

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

    Nine Perfect Strangers

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    I watched Nine Perfect Strangers for the cast and the acting.

    The cast.
    The acting.

  • Flee

    Flee

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    Has a lot of similarities -- in genre, in themes, and in a certain visual technique -- with a little film I loved and greatly admired last year. But while Welcome to Chechnya used cutting-edge VFX solely to provide anonymity for its subjects, Flee doubles down on that by using animation as a medium to do the same AND re-enact scenes to compensate for the lack of archival footage from its subject's life.

    The decision to use rotoscoped animation provided…

  • Ahed's Knee

    Ahed's Knee

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    "Puke Israel out of me with a scream!"

    Nadav Lapid's very, very, very angry, AS HE SHOULD BE, but ain't nobody wants to listen to a mad man preachin' and screamin', even if what he's preachin' and screamin' about is pretty damn accurate.

    [Toronto International Film Festival 2021]

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

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    Not RyΓ»suke Hamaguchi giving us two masterpieces in a single year.

    "Even if you think you know someone well, even if you love that person deeply, you can't completely look into that person's heart. If you really want to look at someone, then your only option is to look at yourself squarely and deeply."

    In masterpiece number two, Hamaguchi takes us through a breezy three-hour car ride, taking his time, careful not to go beyond the speed limit, windows rolled-down,…

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie

    Everybody's Talking About Jamie

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    🎡 You won't shame me, you should frame me
    I'm a Jamie work of art
    Work of art, work of art
    Gonna blow your world apart
    I'm offending, I'm a trending
    Gender-bending, gender-blending
    Gender-pending, gender-ending
    And transcending work of art 🎡

    NEEDED this to properly cap off my birthday after experiencing Dead Ever Hansel earlier in the day.

    Max Harwood is a STAR, a work of art indeed; Richard E. Grant's This Was Me almost had me bawling; Sarah Lancashire…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

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    Dear Dear Evan Hansen,

    Today was supposed to be an amazing day and here's why: it's my birthday.

    Turns out, this wasn't an amazing day after all, because I saw you. And you make me wanna kill myself on my birthday.

    Sincerely and definitely not your best and dearest friend,

    Me

  • Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

    Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash

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    Every single (male) action hero on film has to have that pivotal sex scene to prove his virility before and/or after beating people up -- that's the golden rule. Because men should not only be macho and strong and violent, he should also be able to fuck as many vaginas as possible with his big, strong dick without so much as caring if these women they're having sex with enjoys it or not, right?

    Edwin disagrees, as he completely subverts…

  • Whether the Weather is Fine

    Whether the Weather is Fine

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    Carlo Francisco Manatad's debut feature is a visual feast.

    Along with his trademark absurdist magical realism, Teck Siang Lim’s gorgeously-haunting photography, and Whammy Alcazaren’s harrowingly-spot-on production design, Manatad traps his characters in a claustrophobic 1:33-aspect-ratioed world that more-than-accurately captures the experiences and carnage caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the most devastating climate disasters in recent history.

    Yet, something about all the beauty in that replicated chaos left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

    [Toronto International Film Festival 2021]

  • Mothering Sunday

    Mothering Sunday

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    Alice Birch really said "I am going to create an environment so sensual yet so toxic where European white boys (see Paul Mescal in Normal People) show off their huge wangs." AND SHE'S RIGHT.

    FYC: Josh O'Connor's cock for Best Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Cinematography

    [Toronto International Film Festival 2021]

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

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    The Eyes of Hammy Faye.

    "You're a bottomless pit. And you keep on asking for an Oscar with this tedious biopic and that whiny, grating Betty Boop voice!"

    [Toronto International Film Festival 2021]

  • Respect

    Respect

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    🎡 D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    This doesn't mean a thing to me
    D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    Take care of this trash for me
    AAAAAAAAAAH! 🎡