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they/them, watching cool movies

Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Vivre Sa Vie

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  • Ghost World

    ★★★

  • Eraserhead

    ★★★★

  • Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★★

  • The Dark Crystal

    ★★★½

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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★

    this couldn't really happen

  • The Dark Crystal

    The Dark Crystal

    ★★★½

    It's like one of those fever dreams that's neither pleasant nor a nightmare, but occupies a limbo of the bizarre and uncanny -- or like a nightmare you've grown too old to be frightened by, but perhaps it disturbed you as a child. Nothing in the film is particularly grounded in our reality beyond the narrative themes, yet the extensive use of practical effects and impressive puppetry provides us the illusion of possibility; that this world could really exist in…

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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★★★

    A gorgeous film, with a strong chemistry between the two leads that's both believable yet as grandiose as the themes dictate -- and they occupy very deliberately crafted spaces, with beautiful cinematography. The themes develop at a natural pace, and the film becomes a reflection on grief and trauma, and the inescapable truth that the trauma one carries can never really be understood by another.

    I LOVED IT I'M GONNA WATCH IT AGAIN TOMORROW

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★½

    Best enjoyed by committing to its exploration of memories as something fragmented and indistinct and subject to interpretation by the one remembering them, so I didn't even try distinguishing the characters' memories from the present time. In some ways it reminded me of those moments where I might mistake a dream I've had for a memory from my life. The pervasive fear of faulty memory as a precursor to forgotten pasts and the emotional experiences therein was particularly resonant with me.

    Not as emotionally satisfying as what I've seen from other Resnais films but still very thought-provoking and supplemented by good directing and actor presence.