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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    gaga deserves a better movie than this. shes remarkable but is let down by the any number of questionable decisions with this storyline. moreoverthe movie has lots of issues with pacing, never letting anything build and continously jumping from plot point to plot point. the soundtrack is a banger though - they are definitley the highlight moments of the film.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    watching burning is to find pleasure from a sort of unsettled sedative daze. the protagonists smolder rather than blaze - and lee chan dong does likewise, shrouding the violence and anger at the core of the film and patiently unwrapping those layers of ambiguity and misdirection. the film is compelling in its obscurity; and the atmosphere and mood that it builds is second to none.

    steven yeun does well but is overshadowed by the masterful yoo ah in, who truly…

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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★★

    koreeda has an incredible talent - the comparisons to ozu's subtle, methodical pace are evident and fully warranted. but equally impressive is his ability to blend his subdued touch with his gift for crafting a fully immersive, evocative environment in the vein of linklater or even miyazaki.

    this is perhaps no better demonstrated in koreeda's handling of death. death permeates and underlies nearly every frame, every line, every action. but while koreeda does not soften the blow of death's devastation,…

  • Drunken Angel

    Drunken Angel

    ★★★

    it's kind of hard to believe that drunken angel is the first time that toshiro mifune & takashi shimura have appeared on screen together - while they would later star together in other, better movies, the dynamism between the two here might be at their best. drunken angel is a gritty yakuza film in the vein of high and low and yojimbo, set to revolve around a strangely didactic moral lesson about tuberculosis. its a bit difficult to see what kurosawa…