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  • What Time Is It There? 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2014

    Hsiao-kang speaks to his fathers ashes assuming that his ghost still clings to its edges with his celestial fingertips, giving him a much needed warning when they are about to enter a tunnel. His father is soon to be reincarnated as mice and fish and walls and maybe even time, his mother says. Hsiao-Kang pisses in bags and lackadaisically sells watches. Shiang-chyi enters the game at this point. They meet when she wants to buy a watch and he sells…

  • The Man Who Sleeps 1974

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jul, 2014

    There was an apathetic apocalypse today, or maybe it was yesterday, I don't know. It went like this: a man one day decides to be indifferent about the world. He played intricate seldomly-won solitare with his shadows and tried to not let time into his room. Time played tricks by knocking all around his walls, checking for hollow crevices, seeping through forgotten fractures, whispering malevolent things to the ghosts in the floorboards, perpetually returning to his door to offer a…

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  • To the Wonder 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2013 86

    Fifteen people crammed into my local cinema this Friday in what turned out to be the largest assortment of fans ever brought together for a Malick premiere in my city. I can say with starry eyed clarity that this is likely the best cinema experience I've ever had — though it's my only Malick-in-cinema venture so it's got the high ground advantage. This will be my first attempt at putting words onto paper about a Terrence Malick film and it's…

  • Lost in Translation 2003

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Apr, 2013 13

    I always manage to get incredibly anxious and wary over the prospect of rewatching the films that I love like children who went off to war. To the point where my favorite films intimidate me, they scare me. Because if I saw such a clear reflection of myself in them at one point in my life what if when I look back into them I can't see my reflection anymore? What if I changed and didn't notice? What if the…