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  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★★

    I hate that we have to grow up.

    The world through the eyes of a child is one of infinite possibility. Step into their shoes for one day and see an oasis of untapped potential. Where you can do anything if you try hard enough. As long as you do what you know to be right. Commit your civil duty. And do good by your fellow man (boy?), all will be right in the world.

    For a child, there’s no…

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    ★★★★★

    Spring. A baby is born. Life. He lives in a floating monastery in the middle of a lake. Amongst trees of centuries old and mountain-tops, buried deep in leafy-green foliage. Nature. The young boy lives with an older man. They’re monks. Buddhist monks. Faith. The boy ties a stone to a frog. To a fish. To a snake. He laughs, watching on with glee as they struggle with their new-found burdens. The elder monk returns the favour, tying a boulder…

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  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    ★★★★★

    This is my Black Panther.

    A humble, rousing ode to the underdog inside us all, no matter how big or small. Hidden, or to the fore all the same.

    Spoilers ahead, but there’s one scene towards the end of DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY that both encapsulates director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (I did not need to look that up) central thesis re: the modest beauty of small-town unity, and clinches the perennial ‘sports comedy’ as a personal paragon and something…

  • Come Drink with Me

    Come Drink with Me

    ★★★★

    The Blueprint.

    Said to be the one that put Shaw Brothers on the map as a production force to be reckoned with. It’s, uh, hard not to see why. Release COME DRINK WITH ME tomorrow and it would be hailed as the best thing since sliced bread. In this case, limbs. 3 features deep and King Hu birthed what we would come to know and love as the wuxia today. Causing an earthquake to rain down on the state of…

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  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★★

    Ouch. This broke me.

    I generally try to stay away from being overly personal with my writing on here for fear of oversharing but it feels only appropriate here.

    My grandparents on my mothers side are creeping into their nineties. Obviously, this is an achievement in and of itself and we're very fortunate that they've lived such long, fruitful lives, including my formative years.

    Naturally, with age they are becoming less and less able. It's painful and uncomfortable to watch…

  • Vagabond

    Vagabond

    ★★★★★

    The more I think about it, the more I realize I live life in a perpetual crossroads. This constant middle lane between loneliness and freedom. An intersection between existence and merely coasting by. The well-doomed purgatory between failing to actively pursue a life worth living. And wanting to make much more of myself, to phrase it as bluntly as I possibly can.

    The biggest fear is one day losing all control of that choice completely.

    Mona, when we first meet…