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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    cinema- to watch something in a darkened room, together but apart from the other patrons

    food- to eat and to nourish and to contemplate, as you sit alone in front of a mirror

    star- to burn brightly and then to fade

    history- to be forgotten but to linger on in the periphery, to cause ache and nostalgia

    light- to shine brightly on empty spaces but not empty faces

    projector- to show possibilities and capture ghosts drifting across the screen

    stranger- to stand in proximity and to almost touch but not quite

    rain- to walk alone as you are lost in your thoughts

    loneliness- to be

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina

    ★★★½

    okay but audrey hepburn even deigning to look at humphrey bogart and him being like “i am a cold mystery man of business and logic, i can totally play with this woman’s heart and catch no feelings whatsoever”... absolutely, positively unrealistic, i tell you.

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  • The Hidden Blade

    The Hidden Blade

    ★★★★½

    lovely and quiet and slow and aching- being a samurai has never hurt quite like this.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    all of these ladies used to delight in watching little ants scurry around, fully confident in the knowledge they could squish them at any time i'm sure.

    love is power is sex is attraction is never going hungry again. lanthimos and his cinematographer manage to make the world these three ladies inhabit seem cold and empty for everyone. never before has revelry and balls presented as so unattractive. if you want to survive, you need to be ruthless. if you…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    i. you’re nervous

    you were made for male consumption and you do not challenge this. you bury the dissatisfaction, and the questions down in your soul. you tell yourself that you are lucky to have her as such a wonderful friend. you let yourself slip in off-hand phrases.

    ii. you’re quiet.

    you savor the little things. the pauses between the laughter, the spaces in the conversation. she can quell you with a glance. she can stop you with a smile.…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★½

    dear mom,

    it's funny that i actually watched this movie with my dad last night and my only interaction with you about it was coming into your bedroom and telling you i thought it was cute and that you were much nicer than lady bird's mom and us both laughing.

    i write you letters sometimes. a few of them you’ve seen (they make for nice gifts don't they?), a few you haven’t. i don't know if you're ever going to…