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  • Paterson



    "May I ask if you, too, are a poet?"
    "Uh, no. No, no. I'm a bus driver myself. Just a bus driver."
    "A bus driver in Paterson. This is very poetic."
    "Well, I'm not so sure about that."
    "Yes. This could be a poem by William Carlos Williams. Did you know, interesting French artist, Jean Dubuffet, was a meteorologist on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1922. Very poetic."
    "Yeah. Yeah, Jean Dubuffet. Yeah, he was a meteorologist."…

  • House of Hummingbird

    House of Hummingbird


    "Seonsaengnim, when will my life start to shine?"

    A terrific coming of age drama with an astounding performance from the fourteen year old Park Ji-hoo. Though her character Eun-hee is central to almost every single sequence, writer-director Kim Bo-ra crafts a sweeping family portrait that speaks volumes through action and observation.

    Her father is dishonest, her mother is absentminded, her brother beats her, and her sister is rarely there. Though little to no time is spent from the perspective of…

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  • Air Doll

    Air Doll


    "Do you wish you had never found a heart?"
    "I don't know, but... It hurts."

    This film has some truly bewitching exchanges. Some of the dialogue, and much of Bae Doona's monologue, is so terrifically concocted and expressed. Couple this with the composition — the delicate camera work and Koreeda's knack for timing, knowing precisely when to linger — and it creates a profoundly poignant and strangely mesmeric account on loneliness and companionship.

    Even then, the score adds yet another…

  • Shoplifters



    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "Nobuyo came from the actress, Sakura Ando. She is an actress who is quite faithful to the script normally, but while we were filming, she came to me and said, 'The father wants to be called "dad" by the boy, but what about my character? Would Nobuyo want to be called "mother"?' I said, 'Probably she does, but not so much.'

    That prompted me to think about the character's thoughts—about wanting to be called 'mother' or not—so I added the…