Muffintree

Muffintree

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Favorite films

  • The Wind
  • Late Spring
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Witch

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  • The Headless Woman

  • TÁR

    ★★★★½

  • Frisco Jenny

    ★★★★½

  • Annie Laurie

    ★★★

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  • Empire of the Sun

    Empire of the Sun

    ½

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

    EMPIRE OF THE SUN is one of the most bafflingly misguided films I’ve seen in years. It’s a movie about the Japanese invasion of China that completely disregards – in fact, erases – the suffering of the Chinese people. It turns the capture of Shanghai into a bloodless affair where the city is never bombarded and the arrival of Japanese soldiers was orderly and basically non-violent (two Chinese defenders are killed – and no civilians). It places all the focus…

  • Record of a Woman Doctor

    Record of a Woman Doctor

    ★★★½

    First of all, a huge shoutout to the Cinema Japan Retrospective channel on YouTube for making available dozens of early Japanese films with English subtitles. It's very much worth checking out if you are interested in this period.

    Like all Japanese films made during the war years, RECORD OF A WOMAN DOCTOR needs to be scrutinized through the lens of censorship. Is it a propaganda film and to what extent, if at all, did the director overcome those shackles to…

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  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man

    ½

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

    There's a wonderful moment in THE QUIET MAN that's loaded with symbolic potential. Irish-American boxer Sean Thornton (Wayne) comes back to his ancestral home and he's painting the door. The local Anglican minister comes by for a visit, laughs, and says "only an American would have thought to paint it emerald green." It's a wonderful statement on the romanticism of the Irish-American imagination and how they saw Ireland as an artifact frozen in time rather than a living, evolving society.…

  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ½

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

    Half-star reviews are reserved for films that make the world a worse place. This is one of them. The plot 'twist' is thuddingly obvious from about the halfway point and requires an almost overwhelming suspension of disbelief to accept (also, Chekov's gun will have to be renamed after this one - "well, I'm leaving now - guess I'd better show you where the GUN IS!! The combo is 1-2-3-4-5 because I'm a fucking idiot"). It treats trauma, suicide and mental…