American Psycho (2000) by Mary Harron

Vibe: As creepily cold and controlled as Patrick Bateman. This film is not one I enjoyed watching and probably will never watch again unless I need to write about it. I definitely recommend watching it, but if your taste in film is similar to mine, once is probably enough for…

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Pariah (2011) by Dee Rees

Vibe: I knew immediately that this film was shot in Brooklyn, but had I not known the year, I would have had trouble guessing. It opens at a strip club with ladies dancing to Khia's "My Neck, My Back," but somehow feels timeless. The cinematography, which is maybe…

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Lemon (2017) by Janicza Bravo

Vibe: Absurd in the best kind of way. About twenty minutes in, my boyfriend turned to me and asked, "what is this?" I couldn't answer because I truly had no idea. It's as stylized as a Wes Anderson film, as strange as David Lynch, and funnier than anything…

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Step (2017) by Amanda Lipitz

Vibe: If "Step" doesn't make you happy cry, I think you're probably a robot. I attended a screening with the director at the Crosby Street Hotel on August 1 and I teared up on multiple occasions. I didn't take any notes, so I'm probably going to horribly misquote…

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Sweet Bean (2015) by Naomi Kawase

Vibe: Soft, gentle, and kind...until it knocks you down on the ground and guts you like a fish. If you let it, this film will emotionally crush you and leave you silently crying in bed, trying not to wake your partner. If you can avoid it, don't read too…

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