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  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables

    ★★★½

    "Remember this, my friends, there are no such things as bad plants or bad men, there are only bad cultivators."

    Ever since the series of protests and the police’s respond with unequal (excessive) force in Hong Kong last year, I’ve been really alert to the depiction of police brutality in films. Ladj Ly’s debut full-length feature not only deals with the clashes between ethnic groups in a Parisian community, it demonstrates how police violence and the reciprocal retribution of hate…

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    ★★★★

    I remember back in 2010, the early gestational period of my cinephilia, I went to a local art house theatre and watched Uncle Boonmee alone. Largely lured by its acclaim of winning the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes International Film Festival, I have not prepared myself for the most perplexing and drowsy two-hour thus that far in my life. I could only recall the scene of catfish-princess mating in a pond, as well as the red-eyed monkey god…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Happened to realize Parasite is tangentially related to quarantine upon the rewatch. It only makes the film better.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★

    Total Recall (the original one) is a blast of fun, full of ingenious plot twists and uproarious humor, visually intriguing as befitting the genres of Sci-Fi and body horror, whilst layered with complex, provocative dichotomy between realism and dream, erased identity or implanted memory. It’s never been more fun to see Arnold Schwarzenegger as a confused, reluctant action hero here than ever, and Paul Verhoeven’s fanatic direction and unapologetic demonstration of violence had never been more appealing. In conclusion, it’s absolutely worthwhile to have a regular recall.

    Check here of all the films I have seen in 2020 and ranked

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Added to: Sight and Sound Greatest Films
    Added to: My 100 All Time Favorite Films

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Added to “2018, Ranked” & “Palme d’Or Winners, Ranked

    A summation of Koreeda’s works. Abandoned children in Nobody Knows (2004); slice of family life in Still Walking (2008) and Our Little Sister (2015); parenthood without blood ties in Like Father, Like Son (2013); the dissolution of traditional family relationship, from society detachment in Distance (2001) to failure of fatherhood in After the Storm (2016); and the crime of the marginalized people in The Third Murder (2017), all interwoven into Shoplifters. It…