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  • Synecdoche, New York
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • A Brighter Summer Day
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  • Winter Light

    ★★★★★

  • Mystery Train

    ★★★½

  • Four Lions

    ★★★½

  • A Special Day

    ★★★★½

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  • Nightwatch

    Nightwatch

    ★★★½

    For a 3.4 rated horror movie I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent moody first half builds tension into a decent Fincheresque end half. 0 schlock all atmosphere, but I do feel like the film sets up a few too many plot points that it doesn't deliver on well enough. Especially Martin and Jens figuring out if they're happy with a safe but monotone future.

    Also a shoutout to unique ways of building atmosphere through smell. When a horror movie tries to…

  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Tommy Ross is literally the sweetest boy ever seen on screen and I also thought this for the part of the movie where I wasn't sure if he was in on it and the most twisted but skilled manipulator.

    If Tommy Ross directed this movie he wouldn't have made slow-mo nude scenes with 16 year old characters in them. He would have made slow-mo scenes of 16 year old characters dancing ballet and it would have been bad and dumb and pretentious but at least he tried his best to express himself.

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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★

    Nothing says family to me like talking about each other behind each others backs. It's not a sign of a dysfunctional, toxic extended family. There is still love there. It's just what happens when real world individuals come together to form an unit. And especially when someone tries to bring in someone new into that unit. Still Walking conveys perfectly the feeling of being a guest in a family.

    The forced niceties, trying to pretend like you're interested, just anything…

  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A lot more feel good than the other Kure-Eda films I've seen so far. Our Little Sister really reminds me of Our Neighbor Totoro in how it invites you into this idyllic, almost magical little village and a fitting old, comfy house of the protagonists. There's no villain in this magical realm, just some realities of life testing the supportive family bond.

    Our Little Sister is also an intrinsically sad film for me. I don't think I had a bad…