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  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    ★★★★½

    This film summarizes everything that’s wrong with the time that we live in today, while not forgetting to give credits to those who have tried their best given the situation.

  • Sophie's Choice

    Sophie's Choice

    ★★★

    This movie has a great script but Pakula’s by-the-book visual approach and an abundance of on-the-nose emotional trigger makes the whole thing feel very sentimental and borderline soap opera-ish.

    It doesn’t help that the pacing is so painfully slow, it took over an hour just to get to the amazing WWII flashback sequence, by which point I had already tire of the extremely cliched and uninteresting main character.

    Meryl Streep’s performance is really something though, probably the best of her…

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  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

    Nobody Knows chronicles the story of abandoned children, loosely based on the real life Sugamo child abandonment case in burgeoning 1980s Tokyo. Left by their mother in a cramped 2nd-floor Tokyo apartment, the four children, led by their eldest Akira, who was only 12 at the time, have to do all they can to ensure their short term survival. However, this is where the movie diverges from the typical melodrama that it could’ve become. Instead of focusing on survival, writer/director/producer/editor…

  • 27 Steps of May

    27 Steps of May

    ★★★★

    I wasn't sure about how to start this review. Am still stirred with emotions that I'm not sure how to summarize the experience into just a few words. But there are two things I know for certain:

    27 Steps of May is the best movie I've seen all year.

    27 Steps of May is the first Indonesian masterpiece I've seen in a long time, if ever.

    The second point is important because, as an Indonesian filmmaker myself, I am all…