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  • Beyond Paradise

    Beyond Paradise

    ★★★★★

    I moved to Hawaii when I was 2 years old. I lived there for close to 18 years of my life. I'm just turning 22 next month. So the vast majority of my life I spent on an island, in the town of Kailua-Kona, surrounded by many cultures and races, not understanding what life was like on the mainland. So I can't really speak to the culture shock of moving to Hawaii from the mainland, but I did the reverse,…

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris

    The Happiness of the Katakuris

    ★★★

    So somehow I ended up watching this film as my first Miike film. Which I find really funny. Not Audition, not Ichi the Killer. No instead I chose a loose remake of the Kim Jee-woon film The Quiet Family. But what if it was a musical instead?

    Unfortunately when adapting the story, some of the magic of the original and a lot of the humor was lost. The performances aren't as iconic, and there weren't as many laugh out loud…

  • Tokyo Tribe

    Tokyo Tribe

    ★★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 16

    In the brief moments before your death, you are said to have moments of clarity, where your life swiftly flashes before your eyes. At the end of my life, I fully expect the entirety of Tokyo Tribe to flash before my eyes, as I will have seen it a billion times by then.

    If there is one movie you watch by Sion Sono, make it Tokyo Tribe or Why Don't You Play In Hell? Both…

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    ★★★★★

    Weekly Film Club Vol. 16

    Just like the first time I watched the film, this time around I had an absolute blast with Why Don't You Play In Hell? I love films about passion and making movies, and Sion Sino somehow makes one that embodies both so well while also being a film about growing up, accepting your family, honoring people we have lost, and oh yeah, the Yakuza.

    Probably the funniest Sion Sono film I have seen and it…

  • A Beautiful Mind

    A Beautiful Mind

    ★★★½

    Ranking the Oscars Best Pictures

    There is a turning point in A Beautiful Mind. If you have seen it or know anything about its subject matter you know the point I am speaking of. At that point the film goes from being a pretty average movie, and then flips it on its head and becomes undeniably great.

    The second half of this film is full of brilliant performances, not just from Crowe but also an especially harrowing performance by Connelly…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    Ranking the Oscars Best Pictures

    The fact that Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen have an undeniable chemistry together and both are tremendous actors is the only the thing that saves this film from being absolute bottom of the barrel. Green Book truly is a film that racist white people will show their family to show that they are not racist. Not only does it diminish all the accomplishments of Don Shirley, it makes him the secondary focus, AND it has…

  • Rain Man

    Rain Man

    ★★★½

    Ranking the Oscars Best Pictures

    Believe it or not Rain Man was super progressive when looking at people with autism 30 years ago. Quite a few scenes are uncomfortable now and some of the information presented in the film are painfully outdated. But Hoffmans portrayal is incredible and the film does end up being endearing as hell by the end of it.

    Tom Cruise has a really good performance in it, better than most I have seen before, even if…

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★

    Election has quite a bit of fun to be had, as well as a lot to say about the state of elections, rigging, and popularity in voting; all being told through the frame of a High School Student Election. Which is probably the best place for this film to take place. Matthew Broderick plays a teacher really well, and the supporting cast of students is great.

    Not all the humor works and not all the political statements have aged well.…

  • Snake Bite

    Snake Bite

    ★★

    Snake Bite is a 10 minute film that you know the outcome of from the opening shots. The acting is stitled, the effects are none existent, and the dialogue is baf. Yet the camerawork and the ambience of the scene really work hard to make you feel like it is a good short film. But it isn't.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★½

    2019 Ranked

    Danny Boyle has truly made a film.

    This Film of course being a being the aggressively bad Yesterday. With some endearing performances sprinkled throughout, the biggest problem of the film comes the ipod on shuffle fast forwarding through songs mentality. I'm not sure if they finished more than maybe like one song the entire film, instead just showing like 2 lines from it.

    Don't worry, the film also has some top tier dialogue. My favorite was the woman…

  • Child's Play

    Child's Play

    ★★

    2019 Ranked

    When I saw the first Child's Play just a few weeks ago, I thought it was absolute garbage. So I thought maybe this remake might be better and I honestly found an approach of a malfunctioning robot much better than a spirit of a murderer inhabiting a doll. I was right, I did definitely think it was a better film. But that doesn't mean in wasn't bad.

    Littered throughout the film is all sorts of fun to be…

  • Annabelle Comes Home

    Annabelle Comes Home

    ½

    2019 Ranked

    Annabelle Comes Home is actively destructive. Destructive in the sense it is trying to ruin future films. I never agree with the sentiment that movies can ruin others in the franchise, but this film sure does try. It isn't going to ruin my enjoyment of the first two Conjuring films or the second Annabelle, but it does make the future look relatively bleak.

    The film seems to be made for the sole purpose of pushing as many future…