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    ★★½

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  • Rhapsody in August

    ★★

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    ★★★★

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  • Madadayo

    Madadayo

    Kurosawa ends his career with a resounding thud, and I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone is defending this effort. Look, I don’t want to piss on a legendary director’s swan song either, but having now watched all thirty of Kurosawa’s films I feel confident saying this is one of the dullest, most unremarkable projects he ever made.

    Madadayo (まあだだよ, 1993) tells the story of Hyakken Uchida, a retired university professor who is loved and doted on…

  • Rhapsody in August

    Rhapsody in August

    Hard to tell if Kurosawa’s “old school” style just feels antiquated when transposed to the ‘90s, or if his penultimate film, Rhapsody in August (八月の狂詩曲, 1991), just happens to feel more like a made-for-TV movie than what you’d expect from Kurosawa.

    For the second film in a row, Kurosawa explores a subject he has completely avoided since the mid-‘50s: The Bomb. I can’t help but wonder: why now? I think it’s safe to say that, at least for the Japanese…

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★

    (forward: this review is going to be mostly personal, because it feels like a particularly appropriate way to review this film and series.)

    Before I had a love for film, I had a love for video games. As a teen gamer in the early '00s I became obsessed with a cult classic JRPG called Xenogears (Squaresoft, 1998). The narrative wove Judeo-Christian mythology, Freudian psychology, and Nietzschean philosophy into a millennia-spanning sci-fi epic, with anime-style mecha ("Gears") at the center. The…

  • The Orchid Gardener

    The Orchid Gardener

    The worst thing you can say about a film that desperately, earnestly wants to be provocative is that it is boring.

    Such is the case with Lars von Trier's debut (student) film, The Orchid Gardener (1978) — a film that includes a scene of von Trier ripping off a pigeon's head and applying its blood as blush, yet barely manages to raise an eyebrow through its thankfully short runtime.

    The film is only noteworthy as evidence that von Trier has been a sick bastard and intentional provocateur from the beginning. At least he's been consistent.