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  • Shara
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Tokyo Twilight
  • The Man Who Stole the Sun

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  • Suzaku

    ★★★★★

  • Scream 4

    ★★

  • Scream 3

    ★★★

  • Scream 2

    ★★

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    It was the greatest test of courage ever

    A Silent Voice is the one film that has been my favourite since I discovered Letterboxd, the one film that I’ve always struggled to express why exactly I love it the way I do. I’ve written more “reviews” for this film than any other at this point, more unposted drafts of personal confession and love letters to this film. Right now, as I write this review, my final review for this until…

  • I Was a Simple Man

    I Was a Simple Man

    ★★★★★

    Dying isn’t simple, is it?

    Christopher Makoto Yogi follows up the tremendously underseen August at Akiko’s with something a little more cerebral but no less spiritualistic; invoking a thick atmosphere which gives nature a palpable sense of character that is beyond rare in American cinema. He places as much value to what is outside of a given frame as he does to what is inside one, but he deliberately opts for communicating through nature instead. This is his Mourning Forest, he…

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  • Suzaku

    Suzaku

    ★★★★★

    Death and decay. Shades of human love and struggle. Lives, communities, and villages falling apart, devoured by the wave of urbanization. A tragedy, not one of an epic hero, their excellence and their virtue, but one of humility, the nameless nobodies just trying to survive — clinging to existence like weeds on the margins. Naomi Kawase speaks the language of nature and cinema, but also that of the everyman.

  • Scream 4

    Scream 4

    ★★

    Despite Scream 3 concluding Sidney's emotional arc, Scream 4 decides to bring her, Dewey, and Gale back for this "requel". They do embarrassingly little and even less is done with their development, but that's not the real problem. They're really only here to fuel this film's cynical meta-existence; there's no grounds for empathy left in the series, making the kills more unaffecting than ruthless or impactful. I'm fine with these movies living in their own self-aware world, but at least…

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  • ERASED

    ERASED

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This had me until the last three episodes. Not that any of the final three episodes are outright bad, I just found it to be a waste. I like the twist/reveal in itself, it works thematically with Satoru's search for a father figure, and that man being the fallen angel of the narrative. However, I do not like how it is built up. I saw the reveal from miles away, probably as far back as the third episode. I figured…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    You have to feel it before they feel it. If you make it for them, they'll sense that and reject it. Resurrections is, at specific intervals, an experience of déjà vu, but at others it's almost entirely unrecognizable next to its predecessors. Because of that, it will inevitably be misconstrued and misrepresented by many. It will be made out to be what it simply isn't, maybe even made out to be exactly its opposite. That's what happens when you make…