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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt 41
    Watch a foreign released Criterion film.

    Delivered in the classic Kore-eda’s understating style, Still Walking perfectly captures how passive aggressive can Asians be when dealing with conflict. It’s a family drama movie without any of the unnecessary dramatic flair. The dialogues, acting, music, and overall atmosphere are heavily subdued, it’s as if we’re secretly following a real family through the lens. This realistic or documentary-like aspect is arguably the movie’s strongest suit. 

    There’s a certain familiarity about…

  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★

    A well-crafted movie about mother-son relationship that is both powerful and tender. Mommy physically forces us to feel every emotional tensions through a unique constricted space of 1:1 aspect ratio, creating a sense of claustrophobia that would make the audience relate to the characters’ need to be freed. Each characters are flawed, but sympathetic. Their story captures the essence of maternal love, and how useless can love be when it comes to certain situations. All in all, Mommy is intense,…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★

    Scavenger Hunt 41
    Watch a film about romantic obsession.

    I finally watched my first ever Hitchcock movie! Most people would’ve start with Psycho, but I’ve seen too many spoilers of it. While Vertigo didn’t quite reach my high expectation, it’s not without its charms. The movie’s exploration of obsessive behavior disguised as love is thought-provoking. The final act perfectly captures people’s tendency to project their expectations and fantasies on to other people and mistaking it for love.

    My main issue…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★½

    AFI Top 100 Club

    Musical has always been a tricky genre to watch, due to my fair share of love-hate relationships with it. It’s the combination of awkwardly forced in-between-singing-dialogues, over the top acting, and weak narrative that would usually put me off. West Side Story just so happen to have all those elements, hence my underwhelming response.

    The dance sequences are powerful and well-choreographed, while the musical numbers are upbeat and catchy. There’s always a mash-up of fluid ballet-ish…