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  • Cafe Noir

    Cafe Noir

    ★★★★

    Everyone in this movie is so damn suave and well dressed. Shin Ha-kyun embodies despondence and debonair.

  • One Hour Photo

    One Hour Photo

    ★★★★

    I remember first watching One Hour Photo when it was released on DVD in 2003. I was too young and callow to notice its subtleties and finer details then, but every time I have watched it since, Robin Williams' Sy has stood out as such a terrifically formed character.

    He is disturbed and at times frighteningly ominous, but is at the same time, pitiful and misunderstood. He's a tragic miscreant, a societal outcast who lives his days unnoticed and unloved,…

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  • 0.5mm

    0.5mm

    ★★★★★

    An anthology of anguish and loneliness — broken people, striving and enduring through the unspoken agony of life. Sakura Ando's character (Sawa) lives an unfocused existence, forcing herself into the lives of elderly men and blackmailing them into allowing her to stay. But with each encounter, she unlocks their suffering and sets them on a path, not so much of recovery, but of alleviation.

    It has that expert blend of wry humour and tender, heart-rending drama the Japanese seem so…

  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    ★★★★★

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle is bewitching three-hour drama and slight companion piece to All About Lily Chou-Chou, exploring disconnect in an ever-connected world. Unassertive lead Nanami (Haru Kuroki) finds her supposed beau online, but never truly connects with him. After marriage, she seems destined for a quiet life of discontent, shackled by societal traditions and forced into the role of housewife. She lacks the gumption to break her dreary routine, but after some meddling by an enigmatic online…