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  • The Master
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Poetry

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  • Magnolia

    ★★★

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★

  • Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★

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

    Magnolia reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones Season 8. The film crumbles under the weight of its own ambition, and the narrative does not know how to tidy up the sprawling, awe-inspiring threads that started but can’t seem to find a way to end.

    I was impressed by the style of editing that constantly cut from scene to scene without any sense of closure – it kept me on the edge of my seat. I was also moved…

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★

    They can't live with each other, but they can't leave each other either.
    A sticky, exhausting, spiteful, magnetic relationship.
    [watched full TV miniseries]
    Criterion & Chill podcast episode coming in the future!

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ½

    Read the more polished and extensive version of this critique in my essay in The Stanford Daily.

    This is the kind of movie that has barely any substance but gets praise because people project themselves onto it. Boring, random, low-effort shots of Japan flash by, Johansson and Murray look bored and lost, and viewers go “OMG I remember when I was like that!! Lonely and thinking about the meaning of life!!” and shower the movie with 5 stars. Seriously? Every…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    I'm very close to my grandma now, but there's one incident from my childhood I regret. When I was 8 years old, my grandma came to visit my family (living in the US) from Korea. When she was about to leave, I saw her taking a jar of cookies I insisted were "mine." My mom repeated that my grandma bought it for herself, but I was adamant it was for me. My mom sternly told me to go back to…