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  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★★

    After being delighted with "Like Father, Like Son" I wanted to revisit Kore-eda soon. While "After the Storm" didn't quite strike the same emotional chords as the previous film I mentioned, it still finds itself as a remarkable piece of naturalistic character studies and one that keeps digging the difficult role of parenthood.

    I enjoyed how it keeps itself grounded. There was never a moment that felt forced, and the story doesn't end up with all its threads neatly tied.…

  • A Taxi Driver

    A Taxi Driver

    ★★★

    "A Taxi Driver" is South Korean Oscar bait. A well produced film about an important event of their history that seems tailor made to garner critical praise. This film was a very interesting viewing experience in a sense that I was very clearly a foreigner while watching it. The film was developed for a very specific audience and being outside of it made me really pay attention to the way the story itself is told and presented. Like the myriad…

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    Taika Waititi hits another home run after last year's "What We Do in the Shadows". It is less laugh out loud than the mystical mockumentary, but it packs a much stronger emotional punch and overall shows just how comfortable Waititi is in finding levity in touchy subject matters. It is more comparable to his previous film "Boy" (which I very recently saw for the first time), but you can see how much Waititi is maturing in his direction and really…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    I really did not expect to like this as much as I did. On paper this sounds like your run of the mill coming of age story, but it ends up being one of the best films of the year. The premise is incredibly simple but effective: In the middle of the 80's a teenager in Ireland starts a rock band to impress an older girl. With such a premise it could have been so easy to make a forgettable…