Paul Oyama

Just an island boy speaking for all the mediocrities. Not quite their patron saint though.

Favorite films

  • The Crimson Kimono
  • The Straight Story
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Blue Collar

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  • Redline

    ★★★★½

  • How to Marry a Millionaire

    ★★★½

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

  • The Bourne Identity

    ★★★★

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  • Breaking Away

    Breaking Away

    ★★★★★

    To them, it's just a dirty word. To me, it's just somethin' else I never got a chance to be.

    Rarely does a film typify a town the way Breaking Away does for Bloomington, Indiana. The competitive grit, the us-against-the-world mentality, the duality of purpose. A town I lived and loved in for four key years of my life, and to see it as it was in the late 70s is always a treat. It feels so out of time…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    Blown away by the ability to make something so pure and warm without sacrificing any of emotional integrity of the loneliness and fear of change that comes with childhood. Inarguably one of the great children's films to come around in some time, a film as much about the ease of friendship as a kid as it is about the difficulty of accepting the true sadness being human comes with.

    There's a scene where there's a bit of a quandary about…

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  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    Hello darkness my old friend

    I watched The Last Airbender again

    By act two my friend was sleeping

    So bad it left me weeping

    And the mispronunciations that were planted in my brain

    Still cause pain

    Within the sound...of Ong

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    McKay getting all these incredible movie stars together to make this is kinda like coming home from an intense workout and going for a refreshing bottle of water, only it tuns out the bottle is full of cheap tequila and causes an instantaneous feeling of complete repulsion.

    I thought Vice was the peak of condescending cinema and yet this somehow tops it, filled with the kind of pithy snark that is serving nothing approaching anything genuine or interesting. It's not…