This is unequivocally the best piece of animated media of all time. Completely perfect from start to finish, topped off by a god-tier soundtrack by Kensuke Ushio.
Gentle, mild, and lovingly whimsical throughout, The Taste of Tea is a wandering film about the directionlessness of life. The film's explorations and small stories of joy are told through its characters, giving a sense freedom where any semblance of plot seems to just barely slip through the cracks. Faintly surreal, comical, relaxing, and absolutely fantastic.
"The Mariners aren't special on account of their lack of success – it's just that success is entirely irrelevant. We've entered another realm here, one that's far larger and doesn't operate on the dead currency of winning and losing. Unless you let those limits go, you're an astronaut who brought your wallet."
Jon Bois is a national treasure.
Gleefully absurd. Queneau's Oulipian pining for his Neo-French revolution of liberation and independence shows through by way of Zazie's blue jeans (or "bloudjinnzes" – "blewgenes" in English translation) and precocious character; the film's unrelenting commitment to anarchy at all times is nothing short of impressive, especially for a live-action film. The only non-spectacular bit is that the comedic breaching of narratives of sexual violence, at least in a modern context, is often a bit too much and serves as a…
Archaic Torso of Apollo
We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,
gleams in all its power. Otherwise
the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
to that dark center where procreation flared.
Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
beneath the translucent cascade of…