Natalie

Owns dolls that will probably kill you in your sleep.

Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Red Shoes
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Leave Her to Heaven

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

  • Her Five Lives

  • Brother

  • Face The Music

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    So far ahead of its time then, and so far ahead of its time even now. The visual complexity of this film is still unmatched in animation and directors seeking to copy it in live-action (Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan). To say it is a critique on capitalism and the exploitation of women's bodies in the media is honestly far too simplistic a take: just scratching the surface of Satoshi Kon's layered, deconstruction of feminine identity in the age of burgeoning…

  • Love Letter

    Love Letter

    "All of us Japanese are responsible for the war. All of us struggled in the postwar days. Who can throw a stone at whom?"

    Kinuyo Tanaka's debut feature. Having played many "fallen women" before, she adapts this novel by Fumio Niwa and looks at the genre from a male perspective, laying bare the hypocrisy of men. On the outset, the two main male characters (and brothers) Reikichi (Masayuki Mori, playing yet another dirtbag---the Brooding Tortured Nice Guy™) and his brother…

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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    "Nozomi."

    A miracle of a film. I should clarify what I mean by a miracle. A miracle in the way Hamaguchi should care so much about these people, these very ordinary types of people, and about their everyday emotions and hidden truths and desires. It is what he does best, and always has tried to do, but it shines so brightly here because of the anthology film format that keeps each story succinct and character clear and simple. His cast…

  • Poupelle of Chimney Town

    Poupelle of Chimney Town

    From the studio that did Children of the Sea, and it shows in the scenery and world-building, which is stunning. The story however has way too much going on with facets that are either underdeveloped, or too on the nose. The music cues/soundtrack was also extremely grating and manipulative (the songs were actually nice for the most part but this isn't a musical!). Some story threads are also kind of corny. But I do feel like the film has a…

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  • Life Partners

    Life Partners

    I liked this film a lot because it is one of the most accurate depictions of female friendships I have seen on screen. That is a little sad, but that says more about the state of Hollywood and its writers.

    But anyway, written and directed by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, Life Partners is about two best friends, Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who are both 29 and navigating their late 20s as best as they can. Leighton…

  • The Sisterhood of Night

    The Sisterhood of Night

    ★★★

    I thought this movie was really accurate as to the depiction of how teenage girls behave and think and relate to one another, especially in the ways they can love and care for their friends and at the same time hurt and exclude others. It cut so close to home for me because I was every one of the 4 main girls at one point and could relate to all of their experiences.

    The strength in the screenplay is also…