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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Day 30/30

    I did it.
    I watched Bullet Ballet, every day throughout April. Not sure if that speaks more about the film's quality or my Asperger's syndrome, but in any case, this has been quite a ride. I don't necessarily recommend doing this sort of thing since it could potentially ruin your enjoyment of a film, but I guess due to my obsession with this one, the enjoyment stayed pretty consistent. On the other hand, I see that my challenge…

  • Sick Film

    Sick Film

    ★★★★

    If you've followed me here for a while, you probably noticed that I tag films which include vomit. On one hand, this functions as a trigger warning for those who suffer from emetophobia, but it's more of a personal reminder since I'm (for lack of a better word) fascinated by vomit. Whether it's the nonstop flow in Gerorisuto (1986) or the eerie slow-motion shot in Disgraced Heaven (2017), when depicted in film, vomit has a strangely cathartic effect on me.…

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  • A New Love in Tokyo

    A New Love in Tokyo

    ★★★★

    Often advertised as a follow-up (though more accurately spiritual successor) to Tokyo Decadence (1992), which made sense considering its focus on the dominatrix/call girl profession, but this one had a lot more light-hearted and comedic elements to break things up via the theatre sub-plot. Though not as tonally consistent or visceral as Tokyo Decadence, be sure to still check it out for Nobuyoshi Araki's bold still photography that appeared throughout and an intense S&M session shot in black-and-white as the ultimate highlight.

  • La Valse

    La Valse

    ★★★

    A lawyer's investigation into a rape case, so most of the runtime consisted of typical interrogation/questioning scenarios. Decent acting all around, especially from Keiko Kaga as the lead, but you're better off watching her in Akio Jissoji's earlier SOV film Please Abuse Me, Henrietta (1989), which not only tackled the capitalism angle of sex work more effectively, but also delivered its promise of S&M intensity.

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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Let's make something crystal clear:
    This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Especially thanks to Kirina Mano's gripping performance and the stunning B&W cinematography. Granted, my taste in films is questionable to say the least, but for anyone who enjoyed Shinya Tsukamoto's other works like Tokyo Fist or Kotoko, I implore you to give this a watch. Some may get turned off by the bleak and nihilistic tone though.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    My third time around the house, celebrating such a momentous day in film history. To all the people finally deciding to give this a shot in wake of the Oscars: RESPECT!