Favorite films

  • Ju-on: The Curse
  • Tokyo Story
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • The Red Detachment of Women

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  • The Girl from Hunan

    ★★★★

  • The Possessed

  • Occult

    ★★★★½

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    ★★★½

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  • Occult

    Occult

    ★★★★½

    The last scene has the camera literally traveling from documentary realism into fragmented, torturous abstraction through the death of a suicide bomber, from found footage to Hausu. An extremely creative and haunting piece.

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★

    Always a stellar performance by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. Interesting detective bent, love the child actor, some beautiful choreography. A nice twist at the end.

    Too much religion. Too much white heterosexuality.

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  • The Red Detachment of Women

    The Red Detachment of Women

    ★★★★★

    Yes, this is a socialist era film and is quite propagandistic, but I want to show this film to my children one day.

    The songs are so beautiful, and there is romance without ever escalating to Hollywood romance - instead, what the film focuses more on is the maturation of a woman, and her awakening to broader social problems. 

    Always going to be a dear film in my heart.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    You are just a bastard. A bastard in a basket!

    There Will Be Blood exudes a revolting but also seductive oily texture.

    Literally, Daniel seems to always be drenched in either the black, thick oil he is mining or his own perspiration (I just want to exfoliate his skin and unclog the pores and let it ~breathe~). Then, on a broader level, scenes seem to be coated with an uncomfortable layer of greed and madness - Daniel's love for his…