Favorite films

  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Chizuko's Younger Sister
  • The World of Us
  • A Moment of Innocence

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  • Living with Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100

  • The Watermelon Woman

  • Daughters of the Dust

  • White Men Are Cracking Up

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  • Hold Me Back

    Hold Me Back

    ★★★★½

    I feel like I'm constantly telling people how Akiko Ohku has a special gift and eye for capturing anxiety, loneliness, and more. But the women she creates are so damn complex, so wonderful, so vulnerable, anxious but LOUD! They talk, they are active; they have flaws. Their insecurities, fears, and vulnerability never make them passive characters that just exist on the screen. Women in films and on TV are still to a degree depicted as likable and polite. Even the…

  • Tokyo Sunrise

    Tokyo Sunrise

    ★★★★

    It's still difficult for me to watch films that depict the loss and grief of a friend. Somehow Tokyo Sunrise felt like I'm taking a long warm bath. Comforting and poetic but never pretentious or romanticizing suicide. It perfectly captures the darkness and light that come with grief. Something I love about the film is the way it depicts how cruel and puzzling it be to not know about the struggling side of a person. So many questions pop up.…