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Recent reviews

  • Around Mr. Yasunari Kawabata

    Around Mr. Yasunari Kawabata

    Watched on Youtube with auto-generated subtitles that are as good as you'd expect.

    The day after his Nobel Prize was announced, a very tired Yasunari Kawabata was visited by Yukio Mishima, the acclaimed novelist who would in two years attempt to a military coup to restore the emperor of Japan and, upon failure, commit seppuku, and Sei Ito, literary critic and poet, and their conversation was filmed. Other than the auspicious occasion and people, this is basically a home video.…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color

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

    When I lose you, I lose the me I became for you. And vice versa. Which is why cutting you off, once we have grown together, is an act of violence. I am not "cutting" anything visible, like your arm or leg, but I am nonetheless cutting away something that is a part of you — me. It still is an amputation. And I am amputating — acting on your life — without your consent. As I see it, cheating…

Popular reviews

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night


    I was not expecting this to be so steeped in Tarkovsky: tracking shots of ruined buildings in rain (Stalker), the horse dropping its apples (Ivan's Childhood), Luo carefully carrying the lantern across the room and back (Nostalghia), the references to buildings burning down (Mirror, The Sacrifice), suddenly flying with a perspective shot and voice over (Andrei Rublev), all the railroad tracks and sounds (Stalker), the glass sliding off the table (Stalker), the use of rain and water (Solaris), the spinning…

  • The Littlest Rebel

    The Littlest Rebel

    One of the most bizarre and contradictory movies I've ever seen.

    The Littlest Rebel is a progressive milestone. Shirley Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson were the first interracial couple to dance on screen. In some southern states, they edited out any time the pairs hands touched.

    But the movie clearly sympathizes with the South. Northern soldiers are shown ransacking houses and mistreating the Southern women and children and their loyal slaves. Shirley is so afraid of the Northern soldiers treat…