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Favorite films

  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Local Hero
  • Wood Job!

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  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    ★★★

  • Sanctuary

    ★★★½

  • Argylle

    ★★★★

  • Godzilla Minus One

    ★★★★½

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  • Wood Job!

    Wood Job!

    ★★★★★

    Back in the early Aughts, I came across a Japanese movie in a video store dollar bin called ADRENALINE DRIVE. It turned out to be a peculiar comedy/romance/yakuza thriller and become a brief staple of past movie nights. I recently watched it again, and was surprised at how well it held up. I was curious to see what that film's director-- Shinobu Yaguchi-- had been up to since then, and eventually ended up with a copy of the oddly named…

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ★½

    Day TWO of the EMOJI MOVIE EXPERIENCE. Today's focus: This Movie's 3D is Bullshit and It Has A Secret Satanic Plotline

    But first, you may notice half a star added to the rating of this movie. I should come clean. I went with the flow of the crowd that says this movie should be terrible. It really isn't. It's at least base-line competently made. It has the occasional laughable moment. It has sins and offenses, but they're pretty much the…

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  • I Know Where I'm Going!

    I Know Where I'm Going!

    ★★★

    Letterboxd Season Challenge 9: 6/33

    Liked it enough, though I missed the visual foolery from the beginning of the film. Gorgeous shots and set ups, but it's hard to beat a top hat billowing smoke to represent a train leaving its station.

    Between this and LOCAL HERO, no film can go wrong by having a cèilidh.

  • Sanctuary

    Sanctuary

    ★★★½

    My anxiety spike when I thought this was over, but then there was still 30 minutes left*. A pretty great two-hander, but yeeesh!!

    *Edit to add that if the movie had ended there, we wouldn't have gotten the amazing Margaret Qualley Hulk Out scene, so I'm not saying it wasn't worth it.

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  • Ito

    Ito

    ★★★★

    I feel like most movies of this type would focus on one, maybe two hooks, while this juggles three -- maid cafes, sishamen playing, characters speaking in the Tsugaru dialect. In the case of the latter, it was interesting to see how translators tried to convey this nuance that would fly over the head of non-native speakers.

    It's quite heartening to see Ren Komai find her groove throughout this, as well as shred in the finale, but also to see the community that builds up around the cafe.

  • Yatterman

    Yatterman

    ★★★

    Miike combining cloying children's entertainment and being horny on main. It's certainly my jam, though I'm wondering which demographic that cocktail's being served up to.

    KAMIKAZE GIRLS' Kyoko Fukada gets to play a leather-clad baddy and we get the closest thing to live action Wario and Waluigi. It gets weighed down by its pacing unfortunately, but it's still a helluva ride.