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Musings about media. Mostly movies.
I’m @joaobfreire on Letterboxd.

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  1. Metroid Dread

    2021 video game

    Played 6–29 June 2024 on Nintendo Switch

    Direct and engaging, with a nice digestible length. But I can’t help but feel like the Metroid formula needs to shed some legacy baggage.

  2. Decision to Leave

    2022 film

    Watched 21 November 2023

    A beautiful puzzle box. Pieces fitting together so satisfyingly, I could practically hear the clicking sounds.

  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    2023 film

    Watched 6 May 2023

    I really wish this series could just be its own thing outside the “marvel” “universe”

  4. Andor, Season 1

    2022 TV show

    Watched 11–28 December 2022

    Star Wars: we live in a society
    Me: omg so true!!

  5. Top Gun: Maverick

    2022 film

    Watched 28 May 2022

    The original may be aesthetically superior, with those citric pink sunsets, extended plane porn montages, and glamorously lit sweaty bodies, but this one delivers on thrills and excitement on a much more real and visceral level — and they kept Danger Zone!

    Top Gun is a postcard. Maverick is being there.

  6. After Yang

    2021 film

    Watched 9 March 2022

    I really want to follow Yang on Instagram and cry at his intensely beautiful and melancholy Live Photos.

  7. Nightmare Alley

    2021 film

    Watched 13 February 2022

    The tone is pitch-perfect — the aesthetic, the performances, down to how karmically predictable some of the twists are. Love all the little props, such delicate artefacts, all feeling like they could tell a whole story. I couldn’t stop thinking of Ricky Jay, and now I find myself wishing for a Del Toro film about him. Or maybe just the objects he left behind.

  8. Yellowjackets, Season 1

    2022 TV show

    Watched 22–26 January 2022

    Brings me back to when TV shows didn’t take themselves super seriously and writers had to include mini cliffhangers before commercial breaks so you wouldn’t change the channel. I love the bits where you can see the seams, like when characters are driving and you can tell that the road projection framerate stutters because it doesn’t match the camera. If only people weren’t scared of pillarboxing this show could have been shot in 4:3 and look even cooler.

  9. Station Eleven

    2022 TV show

    Watched 21 December 2021 – 14 January 2022

    A miracle unfolding in slow motion. Pure, clear, and brimming with understanding. Every episode destroying me and building me back up, each time a different person. I wasn’t ready.

  10. Star Wars: Visions

    2021 TV show

    Watched 17 December 2021 – 3 January 2022

    Cool animation, but the presence of lightsabers in every single episode reveals a frustrating lack of imagination.