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

Recent activity

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


  • The Drowning Pool


  • Brigadoon


  • Peggy Sue Got Married


Pinned reviews

  • 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


    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…

Recent reviews

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial


    "This is reality, Greg"

    Watched this constantly as a kid, but reached a point as a teen where I found myself rejecting its brand of emotional transparency. I feel like I've come full circle as I became overwhelmed with emotion really as soon as it hits the halfway mark. The truly special kids movies take children's emotions seriously, and this never minimizes how Elliott feels about his connection with his titular alien buddy.

    Henry Thomas in this, good grief. In…

  • The Drowning Pool

    The Drowning Pool


    Even better than Harper for me. A lot of that is the setting, both that it's him as a fish out of water but also the natural layout of the Bayou makes for a good place for a mystery to unfold. I also love this era of Newman, he's so comfortable with his screen presence. It doesn't hurt to get Gordon Willis in his prime, hot off Godfather 2 (the swamp scene rivals anything he did with Coppola). Melanie Griffith…

Popular reviews

  • 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…