• Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★★★

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

    My favourite climate change denialism movie.

  • Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday's You

    Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday's You

    ★★★★★

    This film checks all my boxes:
    [✓] Nana Komatsu

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Now that I've watched Parasite (2019), Burning (2018), and Oldboy (2013), I guess you could say I'm somewhat of a Korean cinema expert.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    Park Chan-wook should learn from the Americans how to make a real movie.

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    ★★★★★

    I absolutely adore rapid-fire dialogue and my god do they talk quickly in this. Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht's 191-page script was crammed into a mere 92 minutes and the result was an overlapping torrent of words and wit, each line cascading into your ears at a rate faster than I've ever heard the English language spoken before; even Sorkin's Steve Jobs screenplay is a page shorter and yet spread out over an extra half hour's worth of runtime. My…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    I'm going to own this on Blu-ray in a month and a half but here I am rewatching this masterpiece in cinema anyway. Possibly even more enjoyable the second time around because of how meticulously detailed everything about it is and no joke I cried five times in a theatre full of children. Paddington 2 is probably the most wholesome and genuine movie ever made. 🐻

  • Double Suicide

    Double Suicide

    ★★★½

    Recommended by Dooms for the Metropolis Roulette

    I have never been able to get invested in tragedies where I fundamentally disagree with the decisions characters make and unfortunately this movie made it far too easy to find things that were objectionable. The values and giri (social obligations) depicted in the movie, such as the unconditional and undying love of women for a man who was undeserving of any of it, were hopelessly dated, and the result was a doomed romance…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    Honest to god the most fun I've ever had watching a movie, an absolute delight from start to finish. It's filled with stunningly well-made scenes that swept me off my feet, heartwarming performances, gorgeous visuals, numerous setups and payoffs, and an adorable ending that made me cry tears of joy. This marmalade-flavoured, wholesome, family-friendly goodness is genuinely my favourite movie of 2017 and one of my favourite movies of all time.

  • I Love You, Daddy

    I Love You, Daddy

    Recommended by Krimes for the Metropolis Roulette

    This is a movie primarily about consent but, unsurprisingly, Louis CK isn't able to formulate a particularly nuanced message and the result is a very timely movie, but not in a good way.

    It depicts so many uncomfortable and frankly gross things but never really has anything to say about them; it's as if CK wants a free pass because he draws attention to repulsive behaviour before simply moving on, and apparently that…

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★★★

    Recommended by Jexhai for the Metropolis Roulette

    I'm not sure why nobody ever mentions this when talking about the Coens' oeuvre as it's certainly far better than its relative (un)popularity would suggest; the first half especially is great fun with its screwball script and appropriately extravagant performances. There is admittedly a tonal shift halfway through where the dialogue slows down and the mood becomes a tad sombre, but, while this is to the film's detriment, it doesn't significantly detract from…

  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    ★★½

    Recommended by daniel for the Metropolis Roulette

    There's a forty minute-long unbroken shot in the middle of Kaili Blues. Cinematographically, compared to the lingering yet controlled and measured shots that make up most of the movie, this tracking shot was often distractingly inconsistent and unsteady. The end result was an ostensibly virtuosic sequence intended to draw you into the movie but that, in reality, took you out of it and ended up being almost entirely superfluous; you could remove the…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★½

    If you put aside the racism for a moment, The Birth of a Nation is such an immense improvement on everything that came before it. The artistic and technical innovations Griffith pioneered and developed were a welcome change to the cinematic techniques utilised by its still-heavily-theatre-influenced predecessors, and it's readily apparent how much film was advanced thanks to both this movie and Intolerance a year later. In particular, the sweeping reenactments of the Civil War battle sequences in the first…