Favorite films

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Kikujiro
  • The Worst Person in the World

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  • Jurassic World Dominion

  • On the Count of Three

    ★★★½

  • Mad God

    ★★★½

  • The Kid

    ★★★½

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  • It's a Summer Film!

    It's a Summer Film!

    ★★★

    As far as Japanese school festival films go, this was a decent entry. It's a bit heavy on sentimentality and melodrama, and I wasn't very taken by the ending, but it's difficult to dislike all the same. The film has an infectious youthful energy and a lot of offbeat comedy bits that are endearing and lovable. Despite becoming a bit too mawkish for me in the latter half, I still had fun (though it doesn't hold a candle to Linda…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★

    This is a very lovingly crafted film, with homages to cinema by and large. The opening felt quite Safdie-esque in its sensory overload, a lot of scenes are very redolent of Kung Fu movies, one reality is a love letter to Wong Kar-wai, the rock sequence evokes a similar subtitled conversation in A Ghost Story, there's a comical 2001: A Space Odyssey recreation, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. I swear I even heard sound effects borrowed from…

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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…

  • Undo

    Undo

    ★★½

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

    I find Shunji Iwai to be one of the most interesting contemporary directors around and always go into his films with a sense of excitement and wonder. He employs a very distinct style — creating a somewhat diaphanous quality through his use of muted colours and soft focus, with a large emphasis on observation and tone with less a reliance on dialogue. Undo is very much an Iwai movie, but I wasn’t as drawn in as I have been with…