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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Only Yesterday
  • There Was a Father
  • The Aviator's Wife

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  • All the Crows in the World

    ★★★½

  • After the Storm

    ★★★★½

  • The Life of Oharu

    ★★★★★

  • Barbara

    ★★★★

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  • After the Storm

    After the Storm

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A revisit of the first Kore-eda I ever saw. At the time I was unfamiliar with his storytelling style and had a hard time getting where the film was going. But even then, the last few scenes blew me away. The simple gesture of Ryota suddenly sitting up straight as he prepares to sign his name at using his father’s inkwell that he’s about to pawn, and then appearing in the next scene with the valuable inkwell still in his…

  • The Life of Oharu

    The Life of Oharu

    ★★★★★

    Is no one aware that Spirited Away is a kid’s remake of The Life of Oharu? Or am I just catching up?

    This at last is Mizoguchi’s breakthrough for me. I’ve loved the beauty and poise of his filmmaking since I first came across The 47 Ronin never having heard of this director. But other films of his have somehow not connected as it felt they should have. They seemed a bit too drawn out, a bit too melancholy. Sancho…

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