Favorite films

  • The Band Wagon
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Paris, Texas
  • Once Upon a Time in China

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  • Assassination

    ★★★½

  • Carol

    ★★★★½

  • Bereavement

    ★½

  • Chef

    ★★★★

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  • Assassination

    Assassination

    ★★★½

    It's like the Korean version of The Patriot - though there's no great Jason Isaacs equivalent to cut through the convoluted story (hallo long lost twin!) and it's super earnest and cloying for my tastes.

    But dude, that scene where Jun JiHyun jumps from one roof to another, trips and rolls into a sign and crashes onto the ground, crawls for the gun, stands and starts shooting, all in one take? Dude....I love Korean action stunts/directing. You ain't gonna see ScarJo doing that shit in one take.

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★★

    A lovely movie that will inspire you to immediately go out to one of the best restaurants in Seoul and spent 50,000 won on a super delicious steak that you totally can't afford but who cares about money when there's great food to be eaten.

    And then you'll roll home patting your round belly happily and rewatch that grilled cheese sandwich bit and waddle your way to the supermarket and cry because good cheese isn't really a thing in Seoul.…

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  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    ★★★★½

    If I'd seen this when I was 12, I would have gone apeshit.

    Ah, who am I kidding. I'm 22 and I still went apeshit.

    It has all the elements I love from a blockbuster:

    1. Characters I give a shit about (and whose names, despite their godawfulness, I actually made an effort to know.)

    Jennifer Lawrence brings it. She infuses Katniss with the grit, cynicism, strength, vulnerability, determination, ruthlessness and intelligence befitting a character who is at once a…

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    I am an idiot.

    Why is it that I still dread watching "classics"? I'm talking about those foreign, black and white movies that are whispered about only in the halls of letterboxd. Why do I put off watching them for months, and finally force myself to watch them only through the guise of a challenge? Was Rashomon not enough? Did the magnificence of Citizen Kane not convince me that hyperbole has no sway when a masterpiece is on screen? Did…