Paul Oyama

Just an island boy speaking for all the mediocrities. Not quite their patron saint though.

Favorite films

  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • High and Low
  • Only Yesterday
  • In a Lonely Place

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  • The Menu

    ★★★½

  • Deep Cover

    ★★★★½

  • Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

  • Good Will Hunting

    ★★★★★

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★★½

    Amusing that a movie that is ostensibly about the pious escalation of modern bourgeoisie in food culture plays out like cinematic fast food- its pleasures simple and reliable yet with that slightly empty feeling without staying power afterward. This is elite Hong Chau and Nick Hoult, her for her pithy retorts and he for his commitment to the bit. The movie kinda only has one move but it's a good one. In a way its modest ambitions are one of its core strengths.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    As silly as it may seem, seeing this at 20 helped me appreciate so many things about my own mom. It's given me so much more than that both then and since, but if that was all it would still be enough.

    "No, I mean, I just, I wish that you liked me"
    "Of course I love you"
    "But do you like me?"
    "I want you to be the very best version of yourself that you can be"
    "What if this is the best version?"

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  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    ½

    Hello darkness my old friend

    I watched The Last Airbender again

    By act two my friend was sleeping

    So bad it left me weeping

    And the mispronunciations that were planted in my brain

    Still cause pain

    Within the sound...of Ong

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    McKay getting all these incredible movie stars together to make this is kinda like coming home from an intense workout and going for a refreshing bottle of water, only it tuns out the bottle is full of cheap tequila and causes an instantaneous feeling of complete repulsion.

    I thought Vice was the peak of condescending cinema and yet this somehow tops it, filled with the kind of pithy snark that is serving nothing approaching anything genuine or interesting. It's not…