arden has written 5 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    At the heart of Raya and the Last Dragon lies the collectivistic and holistic virtues that we South East Asians share. The film sends us fast into Kumandra, a fantasy amalgamation of South East Asia: lush and vivid with color, sprawling with the same vibrance that our countries have. It's a re-imagined world, not representative of any single country. Which many found a problem initially, but it does not take away from enjoying easter eggs of every culture here and…

  • After You Comes the Flood

    After You Comes the Flood

    ★★½

    when you're about to die because a psychopath is chasing after you but you remember you're gay so you kiss and the psychopath catches up with you and you die but it's okay because you died gay

  • Kingyo

    Kingyo

    ★★½

    split screen was unique, but it didn’t really help the slow narrative much. it was just distracting. subtle, could have been better.

  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

    ★★½

    the morbid dependency, the electra complex manifesting in the son, and ari aster’s portrayal of harrasment in families swept under the rug is horrifying because it’s truly realistic, it had me appalled and got thinking “what the fuck did ari aster go through in his younger years”

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★½

    not that i hated it, i just wish i had just watched the original lion king. not this ugly expressionless, colorless fur fest