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  • The Day He Arrives

    The Day He Arrives

    ★★★★★

    “Oh, Jeanne, to reach you at last, what a strange path I had to take.”

    For some reason, this final line from Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket was stuck in my head while rewatching The Day He Arrives. There’s no apparent relation between the two, though I’ve been thinking about a bit about Hong Sangsoo’s oft-cited admiration for Bresson. It is a strange path that Yoo Junsang follows in the film, for sure, one that winds back on itself at least three times, but where it ends up I can’t say.

    Review at The Chinese Cinema.

  • Oki's Movie

    Oki's Movie

    ★★★★★

    Can confirm that this remains one of the best movies.

    "Film as an art is finished. It’s dead. . . . Let’s just read. In such a rotten world, only books will save us. Only books."

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★

    I don't know what to make of a world that rejects this and adores every Marvel movie. Things don't make sense to me.

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    ★½

    Undecided as to which is more offensive:

    1. The implication that Hawking's work can only be understood, or even be relevant to us, an audience of normal dumb people, in how it validates or invalidates our concept of God.

    2. The depiction of infidelity in which Jane's is fraught and melodramatic, to the point that mere knocking on another man's tent causes her husband to collapse into coma and never speak again (someone should do the math on this causality…