Kenji Fujishima

Constant seeker of the sublime.

Favorite films

  • PlayTime
  • Vertigo
  • Fallen Angels
  • Ikiru

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  • Nitram

    ★★★½

  • Naked

    ★★★★

  • On the Town

    ★★★★

  • Taking Tiger Mountain

    ★★★

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  • Men

    Men

    ★★½

    Before seeing Alex Garland's latest film, I had seen the poster multiple times before and couldn't help but have the theme song for the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men ("Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men...") running through my head each time.

    Turns out, the movie itself, for all its provocations, has just about as much intellectual substance as that theme song! So I guess I'll still always think of that song even after watching the film.

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    ★★★½

    The primary reason that this is the best Friday the 13th movie is that in this one, Jason Voorhees could possibly be read as a projection of Tommy Jarvis's increasingly horny, horror-makeup-obsessed id, which immediately makes it more interesting to think about underneath the sexy/gory surface than just about any of the other Friday the 13th movies.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

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

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • Trouble Every Day

    Trouble Every Day

    ★★★★½

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

    An alternately lyrical and brutal vision of desire as pure lust, with cannibalism envisioned as the end result of tossing off one's inner humanity in favor of animal instinct. But then, isn't that what sex essentially is, in some ways? Not that Claire Denis is puritanical about sex; Trouble Every Day is framed not merely as the typical slasher-movie "sex = death" equation, but more as a blood-and-thunder struggle between thought and feeling, scientific detachment and Romantic passion. Certainly, I…