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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    "That's history right there."

    DAMN FUCKIN RIGHT IT IS

    If Good Time was the inescapable poverty-ridden downward spiral then Uncut Gems is the self-inflicted mortal coil. One that entraps family until they not only have the common sense to disregard blood-ties and leave the burden aside to the sole cause, but also increase it to avoid any association.

    A bumblingly revelatory Adam Sandler grounds Howard Ratner’s scathingly comic full-throttle lust of addiction. Convincingly portraying an inability to secure the substantial…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Quite an experience to live in fear isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”

    With Denis Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner: 2049 coming up, it never felt more an appropriate time to revisit the special gem that is the Final Cut version of the 1982 classic Blade Runner. A landmark of the science-fiction genre and the film that gave birth to cyberpunk, Blade Runner’s influence is colossal and its ideas feel more relevant now than ever. I was…

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  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    Twenty-Four Eyes

    ★★★★

    The wave of disillusionment, imposed by imperialism and rippled through its youth to shape the outcomes of time. Innocence ripped apart by its broken hopes to the extent where all that remains is uncertainty. There's something all the more devastating about it being from the lens of a teacher, especially one as caring as Oishi - whose wealth of compassion and knowledge feel so in vain in the face of a system blind to brightness with its instilled paranoia. Hideko…

  • It's a Sin

    It's a Sin

    ★★★½

    Even if it's a bit too obvious on its emotional beats at times, it always feels lovely to see a topic as painful as this explored in such a passionately earnest way by a cast and crew that have lived in the spirit of these experiences. The group of friends is so charmingly animated yet equally full of compassion (huge crush on Jill, we all need a sweetheart like her). I do wish Ashwin felt less like a sex symbol…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher...but above all I am a man. A hopelessly inquisitive man just like you."

    It’s been a while since I’ve been tempted to write a long spoiler review for a film I truly love with all my heart. Well, after rewatching The Master, I’m happy to say that feeling is back and a long spoiler review has been written.

    War harms the very best of us. It strips us…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    [This review isn't great, but I like to think of it as a time capsule of my feelings back then]

    "Gentlemen of the court, there are times that I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion."

    As soon as this film ended and as soon as I wiped away the tears, I sat there astonished. There are not many films that are able to do that but Paths of Glory absolutely did.…