• Jigoku

    Jigoku

    ★★★★½

    A staple in Japanese cinema that no one seems to know about. The first two thirds are merely set up for the final 20 minutes of pure visual feast - as said in the Criterion description - "In the gloriously gory final third of the film, Nakagawa offers up his vision of the underworld in a tour de force of torture and degradation. A striking departure from traditional Japanese ghost stories, Jigoku, with its truly eye-popping (and -gouging) imagery, created aftershocks that are still reverberating in contemporary world horror cinema."

  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    ½

    Never saw this version until a few years ago but for those who don't know, this is the same film as ISHIRO HONDA's eternal masterwork GOJIRA 1954, except re-edited and dubbed for American audiences. I could write 10 fucking pages about why this version isn't just a dub, but is actually really fucking insulting, problematic, racist, and is an unartistic hackjob of a real movie, BUT I'll just copy what another smart LB user wrote instead so I don't risk…

  • MouseHunt

    MouseHunt

    ★★★★½

    They don't make movies like this anymore :,) Those late 90s - early 2000s films that are so silly and simple... Nowadays, movies and their stakes need to be so high and intense. And comedies of the now don't count either, because of how different their production value and care are from movies like MouseHunt.

    Jade & I saw this pop up on our Amazon Prime recommended list, and threw it on, not sure what to expect. The first frame was…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    Alamo Drafthouse 68th Year Anniversary 4K Screening
    (Early Anniversary Show for Us)

    Seeing this game changing masterpiece on the big screen was... beyond words. The weight this movie carries for me, my family, & my country is immeasurable. It has always been in my Top 10, somewhere, but now, it's risen to a permanent Top 3 Spot. I love you, Gojira <3

    This has sparked me to want to redo my TOP 100 Series on Instagram, but with real, in depth write ups / improved layouts. A lot has changed in my rankings since the last time I did this. Very excited to revisit the challenge!

  • Parasite in Love

    Parasite in Love

    ★★★★

    A super unique and beautifully made movie about modern romance & the fear that the love we feel for others is only a byproduct of a sickness.

    Without spoiling too much, I'd definitely recommend going into this one as blind as you can, aside from maybe reading the synopsis.

    A great blend of digital special effects and practical, the film is paced quite well, and feels like a really long music video, in the best way possible. I'll definitely be rewatching it soon.

  • The Strangers

    The Strangers

    ★★★

    The only film other than Hush on our 30 Day Horror Series I hadn't seen yet, so Jade showed me this a couple days ago. Of all the praise I've heard of The Strangers, and the tops of many "best endings" lists, I was expecting it to be... better.

    Aside from having two of the stupidest protagonists in movie history, The Stranger falls back on the "jump scare noise" and cheap tricks more than it needed to. There are a…

  • Nitram

    Nitram

    ★★★½

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

    I don't know why I've been having such a hard time logging movies on here lately - first off, just in general (I haven't been reviewing a lot of what I've seen), and second, I've been struggling with finding the *right* rating for movies I'm coming across. Maybe I'm in a movie slump, or maybe the movies I'm seeking out, I know will be either a challenging watch, or something I can't outright say I love or hate. Or perhaps,…

  • The Funeral

    The Funeral

    ★★★★½

    One of the greatest, most confident, creative & impressive debut feature films ever made. I've been doing a Juzo Itami (most famous for Tampopo) retrospective this year.

    This movie feels so complete despite being his first film, and it's honestly pretty intimidating. Watching debuts that are this good makes me wonder if I'll ever be ready to helm my first.

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★½

    Finding it difficult to summarize why this movie doesn't quite work for me - as an Asian in America, this was supposed to affect me more than it did, but what could have been an emotional & poignant film left me feeling a bit more bored and underwhelmed than anything. I don't want to call the editing or script pretentious, because more often than not, I love to see new things done in the medium, but the "repeat-take" style of the…

  • The Eel

    The Eel

    ★★★★½

    Added to my watchlist because I'm a die hard Koji Yakusho fan, but only right before pressing play, found out this film TIED for the fucking Palme d'Or with Taste of Cherry!!! The latter is widely regarded as one of the most important films ever made, and the fact that I'd never even heard of The Eel was super intriguing to me. The Palme d'Or (with 1 or 2 years in exception) is the highest honor in cinema - definitely…

  • Distance

    Distance

    ★★★★½

    A strange entry from Koreeda - feels the most documentary, and least polished of his works (probably taking inspiration from his roots in documentary work before his narrative directorial career started). It's a lot less character driven than his other work as well, focusing on a whole group of people, and their relations to an event, more than their relationships to each other.

    Distance is his coldest, most detached work in that way, but the atmosphere is also quite prime.…

  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    ★★★★

    My sixth and final screening at Telluride Film Festival. This movie left me craving to see where Guadagnino's career goes from here. From his recent works, Call Me By Your Name to Suspiria to Bones and All... I hope the guy is okay. This was a shocking, beautiful, and cohesive work that is so so rare to come by these days. Like if Terrence Malick's Badlands got dropped into a vat of acid and really bad dreams.

    Almost want to…