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  • Out 1

    ★★★★★

  • Déjà Vu

    ★★★★½

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    ★★★★

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  • Walk Up

    Walk Up

    ★★★★½

    "While other Hong films have used places as anchoring devices, returning to them over and over to ground the viewer amidst confounding narrative gambits, none of them have been so overtly dedicated to this conceit as Walk Up, his second film of 2022. The space here is a walk-up apartment building with four floors and a basement owned by interior designer Ms. Kim (Lee), which filmmaker Byung-soo (Kwon) tours during the first of the film’s four parts. The first and…

  • God's Creatures

    God's Creatures

    ★★★

    "God’s Creatures begins with a promise of something more productively jarring than it actually embodies: a Leviathan-esque hurtle through the ocean water, bubbles obscuring the image, followed by a foreboding shot of the ocean waves. The second feature from the creative team of Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer — 2015’s The Fits was the latter’s directorial debut, while Davis was the editor and makes her official debut here — thus feints at something more experiential, in keeping with its…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★½

    "I don’t usually like to make my life and background the focus of my reviews, since my general inclinations are to let my observations assume their personality from what I choose to write about and to not interfere with the text itself. But Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once begs for me to consider it in light of this. There are certain aspects of myself that, for various reasons, I can’t bring into this piece, but suffice…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    "Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."

    Reviewed this repulsive, shallow film for The Film Stage. I got a little mad.