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  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    Twenty-Four Eyes

    ★★★★½

    I don't know what else to say.
    But if you ever feel like crying, come to my house.
    We'll have a good cry together.

    Just don't say anything.
    See nothing, hear nothing, say nothing!
    Our sole duty as teachers is to raise citizens to serve the nation.

    Aren't you going to cry because we lost?
    I cried all right.
    I cried for the dead.

    Reorienting the past so the ones who come after us aren't tied to the same fate,…

  • Like You Know It All

    Like You Know It All

    ★★★★★

    What would you like?

    Something ordinary.

    The overwhelming grasp of your surrounding's ideas and the screeching desire to fight them with your own. If not laughter then failure, and if not happiness then regret, as their projections through the camera seemingly reminisce. Hurtful, while also sometimes powerful enough to heal. Hong continues to play 4-D chess with himself.

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  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    ★★★★½

    Memories as disjointed recurrence of the past, dissipated enough to be dreamlike but coherent enough to be real; a clock that goes backwards in a place where everyone wants time but are seldom ready to pay for it; a wandering poet in search for a purpose to make up for lost time, and trains as projections of lost chances. Bi Gan counts on the sounds of everyday life to make his film feel grounded and then makes it all poetic…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    nothing really happens and then suddenly, cinema morphs into happiness