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Meret Kelsey


Buffalo NY

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Meret is a senior at the University at Buffalo, where she studies Communications & Media Studies. When she's not watching movies, she can be found reading, playing guitar, or hanging out with her cat.

Drive My Car was probably my favorite film of 2021, so I couldn't wait to watch this one. I was not disappointed! I love an anthology film and I think Hamaguchi nailed that structure. Each of the three installments felt very well fleshed out, and it felt like they all belonged together thematically. I knew I was going to love it from the very first scene, with its understated but beautiful dialogue. It's pretty remarkable that Hamaguchi directed not one, but two amazing movies last year, both released in the span of just a few months. I'm excited to dig into his filmography more, and to see what he does in the future.
The gorgeous Technicolor photography alone makes The River worth the watch, but it's also just a beautifully told coming-of-age story. I love the way it gives weight to the lives of young girls. I was also struck by how Renoir portrays India with so much reverence, since so many other Western films tend to exoticize and stereotype the country.
This is the kind of film that sticks in your mind long after you see it. I was so transfixed by this movie, unable to look away despite how brutal it was. It's a tough watch, violent and unrelenting, but that only makes the unexpected moments of beauty even more beautiful. If you can stomach it, you will be absolutely glued to the screen.
I thought RRR couldn't possibly live up to the hype I've been seeing on social media, but it did. It was funny, thrilling, and moving all at once. Probably the most fun I've had watching a film in ages.
Poly Styrene is an incredibly underrated icon of punk music, and this documentary-- which was co-directed by her daughter-- absolutely did her justice. She was a complicated person, so it was so great to finally see her story told with so much compassion. The usage of archival material and diary entries from Poly herself really deepened my understanding of her.