Kenji Fujishima

Kenji Fujishima

Constant seeker of the sublime.

Favorite films

Recent activity

All

Recent reviews

More
  • Film About a Father Who

    Film About a Father Who

    ★★★

    Like the dark long-lost stepsister of Dick Johnson Is Dead.

  • Atlantis

    Atlantis

    ★★★½

    "War!
    (What is it good for?)
    Absolutely (nothing), yeah, yeah."

    If nothing else, certainly an early contender for one of the best-shot movies of 2021, with each long take darkly, bleakly beautiful.

    Also, it's miserablist, but less of a grueling slog than I was expecting early on.

Popular reviews

More
  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    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

    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…