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  • Sound of the Mountain

    Sound of the Mountain

    ★★★★½

    Naruse adapts Nobel prizewinner Yasunari Kawabata’s SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN to capture stirrings of dissatisfaction and pathos in the landscape of Japan. His subtle camera once again shows glances and sounds as politesse evolves into confrontation in the dialogue of this movie. Kawabata’s dialogue in this movie also accompanies Naruse’s technique by mentioning the subtle connotations of inflection, pronunciation, sound, and tone as a symptom of malaise, as well of healing. There is a detail which the subtitles translate as…

  • Snow Trail

    Snow Trail

    ★★★★★

    SNOW TRAIL takes the adventure movie into the new heights of the Japanese Alps. It is directed expertly by Senkichi Taniguchi, with an epic, spirited script by Akira Kurosawa, and features a ruffian Toshiro Mifune in his debut and Takashi Shimura in yet another knockout role. The movie is so riveting with its silhouettes darting in vast long shots, steepness in slant and diagonal camera angles, meaningful close-ups, and use of diegetic music and sound that I actually think that…

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  • Infernal Affairs

    Infernal Affairs

    ★★★★½

    The true and full impact of INFERNAL AFFAIRS and its marvelously constructed story can only exist in the unique context of Hong Kong as a British colony taken from the old Chinese empire, and later handed over to Communist China. INFERNAL AFFAIRS deals with changing identities, the search for each other and oneself, loyalties, morality, and digging into the past to see similarities and parallels since the point of divergence (colonialism) and reunion (1997 handover). These points are literally confirmed…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    I hate Lady Bird. I’m glad I didn’t pay anything to watch this movie.

    For someone from a poor background, Christine (who christens herself with the asinine name of Lady Bird, which is a real mouthful) talks and acts with a disgusting amount of privilege, pettiness, and insensitivity. I already hated this movie just from the trailer when she basically casually attempts suicide by rolling out of a car after an argument barely happened with her mother. I don't even…