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  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    Film #91 that was recommended to me -- now subject to loose, arbitrary ranking! (Recommended by Nadia)

    There is so much going on here that writing about this film is daunting. It might not look like there is much depth, as some ridiculous story about a guy who becomes a master of the art of upskirt photography, but this isn’t just random wackiness and the 4 hours are certainly not wasted. Underneath everything else going on, it’s also a simple,…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Despite being a little mentally demanding, I'm finding that writing reviews helps distract me more than most things while I try to recover. And despite this being my favorite film ever as of now (and the past few years), I've never reviewed it. Normally I like to rewatch before committing to reviewing anything, but every moment of The Passion of Joan of Arc is etched into my mind. So let's talk about it.

    I'll admit, when I first had the…

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  • Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    ★★★★½

    I don’t often do TV season reviews, but I’d really like to talk about Higurashi. I have far too much to say. Loads of it isn’t about the current season itself, so I don’t blame you for dipping out, though I think all of it ties together in the end, and either way I just wanted to get my thoughts out there. This review is spoiler-free. However, because Higurashi is about a mystery, be warned that I vaguely talk about…

  • Mr. Freedom

    Mr. Freedom

    ★★★★

    "I know writers who use subtext, and they're all cowards"

    - Garth Marenghi

    I've never really minded didacticism in films. Certainly, context matters, and we're lucky to have movies that fall in various places on that spectrum. Sometimes working through a more cryptic movie can be fun, and certainly movies can be too on-the-nose or come across as condescending. But you'll never catch me calling something "too didactic" as if that's an inherent flaw. Every piece of art has a…

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

    As I write this review, very early morning May 31st, 2020, protests are erupting in what seems to be damn near every major city in the United States. George Floyd has recently become yet another victim of police brutality, as a cop used his knee to crush Floyd's neck for almost 9 whole minutes until he died. Derek Chauvin is a murderer. The other 3 cops who watched it happen are no better. Of course, you'd hardly know that from…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ½

    So, this is my 1000th logged film. I wanted to do something special for it, watch a film I’m really interested in like Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud, one of the few remaining movies I haven’t seen by that director who means quite a lot to me. But it’s completely unavailable anywhere. The only source I can manage to find is an overpriced DVD on Amazon that reviews say is a bad quality DVD-R with the film burned to it.…