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  • Bao

    Bao

    ★★★★

    Is this Saturn Devouring His Son?

    But honestly, this little snack of body horror is pretty congruent with my experience as a second-gen Asian-American.

    I'm starting to think Pixar as a company has a very strange ethos around food.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Shoplifters sees Kore-eda gently unfurling a flag of deep humanity. As we watch this chosen family surviving in poverty, we are also watching an implicit indictment of the systems that place them there.

    Ultimately, the film is a bit hamstrung by sensational plot reveals in the late stages. I would have liked more exploration of Nobuyo and Osamu's past, more texture around their familiarity with death. I would have liked to glimpse more of Aki's relationships and former life. I…

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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★★

    I saw When Marnie Was There this morning. By evening I was on my way to the theater to see it again. That's a first for me.

    It wasn't just that my local cinema provided both dubbed and subtitled screenings. Sure, I wanted to see both versions. But more than that, I wanted to return to the world of this movie because it stirred some deep nerve cluster that connected my childhood to my adulthood. That's a quality that I've…

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    ★★★★★

    I watched this as a prelude to seeing Maleficent, for the first time since I was a very young child. At a scant 75 minutes, its plot is too simple and iconic to forget. But what leapt out at me, viewing the film as an adult, is how thinly-disguised its explorations of patriarchal sexuality are.

    Because, really, who wins in the end? The two kings, one of whom assigns his young son to marry the other's newborn girl, in a…