nick atkinson

nick atkinson

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Watching films semi-regularly as I fumble my way through university.

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  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    I love this film almost as much as I love Chungking Express, but I've been hesitant to rewatch it because there's a certain scene in the Takeshi Kaneshiro storyline which I find extremely devastating. I think the best way to describe Fallen Angels is as CE's naughty brother: it's about criminals rather than cops, it's set almost entirely during the night, and although the theme of loneliness and isolation in a frenetic city is continued, the interwoven stories are a…

  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood

    ★★★★★

    Meiko Kaji is so fucking cool.

    Not sure which I like more, this or Female Prisoner.

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  • Memories of Matsuko

    Memories of Matsuko

    ★★★★★

    Tetsuya Nakashima does it again. I love this guy’s films. With Nakashima’s stylish and colourful direction and Miki Nakatani’s brilliant performance, the film is able to seamlessly transition between comedy and tragedy, and had me laughing in one scene and crying in the next. The musical set-pieces, my biggest reservation going in to this, are awesome too. Matsuko <3

  • Untouchable

    Untouchable

    ★★★

    My main criticism of this drama is that it’s totally forgettable. There’s nothing actually bad about it apart from maybe weak chemistry between the two leads, but there isn’t much romance anyway. Jin Goo and Kim Sung-kyun have great chemistry as brothers and the show is more focused on that. Kim Sung-kyun is definitely the stand-out: the show does not work at all without him and his scenes near the end of the show are the most memorable by far.…

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  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman

    ★★★★½

    GEORGE COSTANZA WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING

  • The Call

    The Call

    ★★★★

    What rating do I give a movie that I loved almost every minute of, apart from the last 20 seconds of the ending which I completely despised?

    That’s the situation I’m in here. The end of the final scene ruined everything the film had been building up towards. This is quite standard stuff for horror movies, I guess, but I thought this one did a great job at character building (Park Shin-hye has really changed my opinion of her for the…