• Little Forest: Summer/Autumn

    Little Forest: Summer/Autumn

    A film split in two parts, each tackling a different season. Little Forest is part drama, part food porn. So much in fact that the drama feels more like filler, while the structure of the film is explicitly set up around the presentation of different dishes. If you ever feel like watching a film to de-stress, this is a perfect candidate.

    After the death of her mom, Ichiko returns to the countryside. City life isn't for her, instead she prefers…

  • Shell and Joint

    Shell and Joint

    A film about life, reproduction and death. Instead of turning it into a grim and serious affair, Hirabayashi churns out a dry, absurd and fragmented comedy that defies categorization. It's a film that reveals its secrets over time, it's certain to test your stamina, but it was like nothing I've seen before and it made me laugh out loud more than once. A superb first feature of Hirabayashi.

  • Day for Night

    Day for Night

    François Truffaut, the French film critic turned director, makes a film about making a film and casts himself as the director character. If you love this kind of self-referential navel-gazing, then Day for Night is definitely a film for you. Personally I rarely see the fun in artists turning their craft into the main topic of their work.

    Ferrand is a director who is getting ready to turn his latest film: Meet Pamela. Like always, the production has its ups…

  • Seven Weeks

    Seven Weeks

    One of Ôbayashi's later undertakings in his career. Seven Weeks is a very ambitious film (clocking in at nearly 3 hours, better make sure you're ready for it), but the mix of serious drama and Ôbayashi's kooky fakeness didn't really work for me this time around. There are some inspired moments here, but as a whole it didn't quite work.

    Set in the town of Ashibetsu, the film revolves around the funeral of Suzuki. His family gathers there and stories…

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion

    Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion

    The third Puella film is pretty much on the same level as the second one. Whenever Shinbo shift into a higher gear this is one hell of a creative undertaking. Sadly, there's also quite some pre-teen magical girls stuff here that holds up the film and isn't all that fun to wade through. At least, not for me.

    This third film starts off with the introduction of a new girl, who is quickly assembled into the team of magical girls.…

  • Summer of Sam

    Summer of Sam

    For those expecting a film about Son of Sam, better adjust your expectation. The serial killer case is little more than wallpaper here, instead we follow a couple of clowns who are trying to deal with their own troubles, with the Son of Sam case merely playing out in the background. I guess that explains the title.

    Vinny is a young guy who has made a downright mess of his life. He cheats on his wife, he gets pushed around…

  • The Color of Money

    The Color of Money

    Scorsese's sequel to The Hustler. It's another crime flick, this time mixed with some drama and sports elements while taking on the snooker hustling business. As a non-fan of Scorsese, it's rather disheartening that all of his film look alike, regardless of setting and themes, making this another failure in my book.

    Newman reprises his role of Eddie, only he's a lot older now. He has lost the taste for pool hustling, until he runs into Vincent. He's a young…

  • The Taking of Deborah Logan

    The Taking of Deborah Logan

    A neat little faux documentary style horror film from the heydays of the genre. Not quite sure why I missed out on it back when it was released, I was (and still am) quite fond of this niche. It's never too late to catch up on these films of course, certainly not now that the hype has died down.

    Deborah Logan is and old woman suffering from Alzheimer's. To improve her financial situation, she makes a deal with a documentary…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    The most remarkable thing about this film is its Oscar win. Nomadland is a pretty typical indie, a character-driven film that hobbles along to the sounds of a lonely piano and some sullen strings, not really the kind of film that typically dominates the Oscar race. That's quite an accomplishment for Zhao, sadly it doesn't really make her film any better.

    McDormand plays Fern, a woman who is hit pretty hard by the financial crisis and finds herself forced to…

  • My Uncle

    My Uncle

    A light but fun and enjoyable Yamashita. It's certainly not his most distinctive film, nor his most memorable, but thanks to the deadpan comedy, the well-considered direction and a standout performance by Ryûhei Matsuda this turned out to be a very capable and charming little film.

    When Yukio has to write an essay about one of his family members, his eye falls on his slacker uncle. A philosopher who just loafs around and spends his days in bed, thinking about…

  • The Baby Carriage

    The Baby Carriage

    It's nice to see some non-Bergman Swedish classics from time to time, especially when they're dealing with more contemporary people and problems, rather than age-old philosophical conundrums. In that regard The Pram delivers, though it's not half as frivolous and energetic as I'd hoped.

    The story revolves around Britt, a young girl who loves her newfound independence and doesn't mind having a couple of flings at the same time. Things change when she finds out she's pregnant. Suddenly she is…

  • Boogeyman 2

    Boogeyman 2

    I've seen the first Boogeyman before, but I'll be honest and admit I remember absolutely nothing of that film. Not even after watching this second one, so I'm not even sure how and if these two are really connected. Not that it matters a lot, this is a basic horror flick that could've been released under pretty much any other name.

    Laura and Henry are both traumatized by a run-in with the Boogeyman at a young age. In an attempt…