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  • Tampopo



    Not many movies like this one. It's a comedy, yes, and it has a main story, but occasionally, without warning, it will digress from it and follow other random unnamed characters for a little while. There's a thematic throughline -- the vignettes all have something to do with food -- and they serve to widen what the main story is exploring, which is the relationship we have with food. And this makes it all sound rather academic, which is terribly…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians


    Yes, I fulfilled my obligation as an Asian-American to see this movie, heh. I've been aware of the issue of representation in American movies ever since I was a kid cheering for Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I'm still aware of it, but I'm no longer feeling that pressing need to see people I can ethnically identify with in the movies, mainly because I've grown in to a cinephile and I regularly watch international movies.…

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  • Skyfall



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

    3rd viewing. I've liked this increasingly more each time, and especially this time in contrast to all the Bond movies that came before it, which I've been recently rewatching in order. I remember a critic's quote about Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which called it the first Harry Potter movie that could be rightfully termed as "cinema." That's mostly how I feel about Skyfall, which feels like the first arthouse Bond movie (sorry, Marc Forster). The…

  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn


    2nd viewing. I can't really talk about this movie right now without talking about the Criterion Collection's release of this and A Touch of Zen. It seems a shame to me that Criterion released Zen first because when you go from the very artistic Zen to Dragon Inn, it will feel like a step backwards. I understand the decision, though -- the seriousness and more elliptical tone of Zen is more likely to draw in Criterion's core base, who are…