Lasting Films of 2019

A list of the films that kept me up at night, stayed in the morning, and are still here with me now:

Parasite- Directed by Bong Joon-Ho

A social parody surrounding the class disparity & discrimination between two symbiotic families

The Souvenir- Directed by Joanna Hogg

A compelling account of toxicity, first love, and devotion that shoots itself straight into the core of your bleeding heart

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018), (U.S. Release in 2019)- Directed by Bi Gan

A neon film noir that leads you through a pilgrimage of oneiric mystery

Little Women- Directed by Greta Gerwig

A nostalgic and visually beautiful take on Louisa May Alcott’s 19th century tale in a coat of 21st century feminism

The Lighthouse-Directed by Robert Eggers

A Huis-Clos-esque startling mythological tale of memory, solitude, and a horrific descent into madness…or awakening into oneself. 

La Noyée

La Noyée sung by the inimitable Serge Gainsbourg. 

A song for a drowning heart and a memory in daze.

A song for our past lives, a time uncapturable. 

17 October - Thoughts without specific meaning

Picture: Alphonse Mucha, Repos de la Nuit, 1899.

I’ve been existing in a Jungian state of mind for quite some time now, reflecting on the subliminal power of our individual dreams and subconscious psyche. 

I just finished reading Patti Smith’s surreal The Year of the Monkey. Weaving a tapestry of dreams and memories and telling her story from somewhere in between,  I am reminded of the end of John Keats Ode to a Nightingale: 

Was it a vision, or a waking dream? 

        Fled is that music:—Do I wake or sleep?


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