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  • Better Days

    Better Days

    ★★½

    Better Days is fairly well shot, giving a grungy yet wide-ranging glimpse of Chongqing. The design of this mountain-side city really fascinated me, as there are these super narrow alleyways tightly fit between buildings, and all the alleyways are just super steep staircases. Add the fact that Chongqing sees a lot of rain days right around the time of the nationwide Gaokao (China’s national college entrance exams) and soon the city’s oppressive claustrophobic nature becomes quickly palpable. I really appreciated…

  • Fireworks

    Fireworks

    ★★★★★

    Joe Hisaishi really got to me this time around.
    *tears of joy streaming down my face*

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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…