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  • The Outside

    ★★½

  • The Autopsy

    ★★★★½

  • Graveyard Rats

    ★★★½

  • Year One

    ★★½

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  • Idol

    Idol

    ★★★

    This is an... odd film. On one hand, it does practically everything well, from the aesthetics that are so consistently excellent in Korean cinema, to the terrific main cast that is always engaging to watch. On the other hand, it never really sparks a lot of emotion or connection. Perhaps it's a case of the story being a bit too clever and convoluted for its own good, grappling with heavy themes in proficient yet somehow incomplete fashion. The plot points…

  • Blue Spring

    Blue Spring

    ★★★★★

    I won't write too long about Blue Spring, I might save that for when I watch it again. It taps into a feeling of aimlessness and anxiety about the future that really connected with me. The feeling of falling away before you had a chance to do anything. A flower that never blooms. The desperate, extreme acts of young men who lost faith in their future, so go all in on their present before that goes too. It's not all…

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  • The Outside

    The Outside

    ★★½

    I can see why this is one of the more divisive episodes in the anthology, and unfortunately I just couldn't get into it as much as I'd have liked. It certainly has a lot of personality, some blunt but admirable messaging and a good performance from Kate Micucci, but it didn't make me think or scare me and only occasionally entertained me, and in the end I'm pretty ambivalent about it.

  • The Autopsy

    The Autopsy

    ★★★★½

    Damn, this leaves the previous two episodes in the dust! Great effects work, strong build-up of suspense and an unexpected and brilliantly executed payoff! Proceed with caution if you're squeamish but I highly recommend it, David Prior is a name to keep an eye on for sure!

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★★

    Breathtaking in every sense of the word. Absolutely stunning. The best film I've seen this year. There are many films that I've found this year and gone on to cherish, but even if some hold an even bigger place in my heart, none of them are as flawless as this.

    "Everyone is entitled to their happiness."

  • Lilya 4-ever

    Lilya 4-ever

    ★★★★½

    Misery incarnate. Harrowing, unflinching and unfortunately far too real. Lilya 4-ever is practically mandatory viewing for lovers of depressing cinema, and I strongly recommend it to everyone else, even though you'll probably never want to see it ever again.