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  • Supermarket Woman

    Supermarket Woman

    ★★★½

    Itami once claimed that Japanese men have four great weaknesses – they “can’t stand loneliness, can’t make decisions alone, can’t face anyone who disagrees with them and can’t accept responsibility for their mistakes” - and that, above all else, they can’t laugh at themselves. Supermarket Woman feel like a thesis statement on these views, telling the story of a widow who saves the failing grocery store of an old classmate. Threatened by a merciless competitor, she inspires good values and…

  • Yearning

    Yearning

    ★★★★

    When a new supermarket moves into town, a widow devoted to her late husband's family and their small grocery store becomes an impediment to the family's plan to convert the shop to a rival supermarket chain. Her mother-in-law and sisters-in-law seek out a guiltless way to remove the widow from the family business she has preserved. In their way is the widow's younger brother-in-law whose devotion to the widow goes beyond her contribution to the family business. Impeccable black and…

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  • Love, Death & Robots: Zima Blue

    Love, Death & Robots: Zima Blue

    ★★★★½

    The strongest of the LD+R shorts by far - stylishly animated, beautifully graphical, elegantly philosophical, and all without the need for gunfire, explosions, or roaring maws of monstrous beasts. Wonderful.

  • The Wanting Mare

    The Wanting Mare

    ★★½

    Screened for the 2020 Chattanooga Film Festival!

    The Wanting Mare is a gorgeous film to watch and probably a beautifully written one as well, but it is unfortunately left wanting by its cryptic fantasy world which needs more than the barest of details actually offered. The faraway looks, allusive dialogue, and wistful sadness that dominates most of the film (particularly the latter two-thirds) becomes tiring in short order. The Wanting Mare could probably be just as impressive playing silently, which is a testament to its tremendous visuals and to it being substantially underwritten. I’ll be interested to see the director’s next film.