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  • Empire of the Sun
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • It's a Wonderful Life

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  • Tauw

    ★★½

  • Clorae and Albie

    ★★★★

  • One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★

  • Girls at 12

    ★★★

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  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★★

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

    Ozu’s final film looks again at the problem of the upper middle class marrying off daughters, with another variant in perspective. But like “Good Morning” and “ Kohayagawa Family” there is some shift back towards the comedy and nansensu stylings of the 1930s films that were once Ozu's bread and butter. And the opening credits seems to confirm this call back to 30s comedies, instead of the familiar cross hatched brown (tatami mats? Burlap?), of Ozu’s post-war films, this films…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★★

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

    When doing what’s right (by social expectations) is wrong (for the individuals) every person involved winds up unhappy and less well off and separated from the family they truly and deeply love. 

    The fascinating balance of the film is that it manages to critique the universality of behavior society requires without discarding the institutions that society is trying to enforce.

    That is to say the film does an admirable defense of marriage but also is extremely insistent upon this point,…

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  • Tauw

    Tauw

    ★★½

    Decent short about a young man trying to land a job but being in the catch 22 of needing money to get a job to earn money. And the cycle continues with another pregnancy.

  • Clorae and Albie

    Clorae and Albie

    ★★★★

    Solid short doc detailing two women’s paths and pasts as they try to improve them with education and career opportunities

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    A film with a miraculous balance of tone and sentiment that manages to find sweetness and humanity and forgiveness in the darkest of times and offer a narrative path of humor and absurdity to counterpoint a story of the terrifying indoctrination of children and the creeping insidious terror of fascism and authoritarianism. 

    Let us not forget that children becoming fanatics selling out their parents and loved ones is no laughing matter and rooted deeply in history particularly the history of the 30s-50s. The real stories of children like Jojo are far darker and more disturbing than this fable—but we have to have hope.

  • Le Petit Soldat

    Le Petit Soldat

    ★★

    A moderately competent intelligence assassin has a mediocre existential crisis and wants to fuck a pretty Russian girl, complete with excessively precious narration and a torrid climactic speech to camera.