nora

22. filmmaker, writer, composer (she/her)
famously watched every warren beatty movie in a month for some reason

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  • Two of Us

    Two of Us

    ★★★★

    the unauthorized musical biopic continues to be a genre that i find endlessly fascinating. when done poorly, it's like watching live-action slapdash fanfic and therefore a fun excuse to watch someone do an impression and embody rumored situations from a celebrity's life. when done well, they're always more interesting character studies and snapshots of a person's life than something executive produced by someone in the movie. someday i'll write a paper or something about this, but i feel like this…

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★½

    i'm not a pessimist, but i do spend a lot of my time (especially lately) in this median space where i'm not feeling overjoyed or despairing. i just always feel like i'm waiting in line for something. i have a dry sense of humor. i harbor a responsible amount of skepticism. it's really rare for me to cry because of art.

    for whatever reason, david byrne's earnestness causes an autonomic response in me always. it's like he's the one thing…

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  • The World of Apu

    The World of Apu

    ★★★★½

    every time i watch part of the apu trilogy i think i won't weep. clownery! nonsense! why do i think this?? of course i cried AGAIN! that last shot got me! also the cinematography in these films is always beautiful, but this one stuck out to me in particular because of how the full spectrum of brightest white to darkest black is present in every frame, like in the best black and white photographs. i'm so excited to see soumitra…

  • The Wayward Girl

    The Wayward Girl

    ★★★

    i'm not trying to say anything banal about the female gaze in 2021 BUT it is significant that a film from 1959 about a young woman's (or teenager's, it's unclear how old liv ullmann is supposed to be) relationship to her own sexuality does not fetishize her body even when she is naked.

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  • Fyre

    Fyre

    ★★½

    sometimes u just gotta suck dick so you can get your shipment of evian water out of bahamian customs i guess

  • Maurice

    Maurice

    ★★★★★

    maurice is one of my favorite films because it isn't afraid to exist within duplicities. it is delicate and messy, heartbreaking and joyous, precise and passionate. i love every second.

    something i noticed on this viewing is the film's theme of what is natural vs. what is unnatural. maurice is constantly surrounded by plants, greenery, and other parts of nature; for example when he and clive lie in the field together, it is a moment when both characters are doing…