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  • Ugetsu

    Ugetsu

    ★★★★½

    Very much a magical film with really jarring otherworldly background music and a haunting performance by the great Machiko Kyo. The film is slow and lulling but that’s the beauty of the jidaigeki folktale storytelling. But at its core, Ugetsu is a damning parable about the dangers of blindly chasing wealth, set in a brutal depiction of an unforgiving feudalistic Japan.

  • Soorarai Pottru

    Soorarai Pottru

    ★★

    சூரரைப் பொற்றி is extremely drawn-out and overly dramaticized, but still somewhat novel in the realm of Tamil cinema; Suriya’s latest features montages of Air Force training and also of entrepreneurial hustle, not too common for Tamil movies. The songs and romance sequences are shoehorned in for convention, but had those been left on the cutting board, சூரரைப் பொற்றி could have been a focused, more potent film.

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  • The One I Love

    The One I Love

    ★★★★

    A witty romantic tale laced with Twilight Zone/Inception type mind-fuckery. I haven't felt this good about a movie like this since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Much thanks for the recommendation, Edgar Wright!

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    On some level, Boyhood relates to practically everyone, and it is for that reason that I can proudly say that Richard Linklater has crafted what is arguably the best coming-of-age film, but unarguably a cinematic masterpiece.

    It was surprising how extensively Linklater utilized the product placement of everyday items from the 2000s to really hit the audience with wave after wave of nostalgic feelings. The aptly compiled soundtrack successfully does the same. All-throughout, the film is a perfect glimpse at…