Favorite films

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Fargo
  • Ghost in the Shell

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  • Ride Your Wave

    ★★★★

  • La Haine

    ★★★★★

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★½

  • The Lure

    ★★★½

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  • Ride Your Wave

    Ride Your Wave

    ★★★★

    In contrast to most modern romance films, Ride Your Wave’s portrayal of love feels so much more down-earth and surprisingly nuanced. We don’t spend most of the film’s runtime watching the two main leads act like they hate each other only for them to admit their love at the climax. There’s no second act breakup all due to some misunderstanding. Instead we just watch the main couple of Hinako and Minato … being a couple and enjoying each other’s company.…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★★

    La Haine is an experience like no other. Every piece of the puzzle that forms the larger picture feels deliberate, yet spontaneous. We follow three young adult friends as they navigate through a divided Paris, plagued with police brutality and inequality. These omnipresent, real world issues simultaneously take a back seat to the action, yet they also take center stage. These three are just going about their day, yet the ways in which these themes play into their everyday lives…

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★½

    Even if Taika Watiti places his characters in the most dire of circumstances, there’s just this unfettered positivity that rings true throughout all of his work. Whether his characters are running from the law in the bush or hiding from Nazis, the personalities of these characters and the relationships they form are always a strong source of comfort for the viewer. They instill their respective films with so much charm and overall wholesomeness that makes Waititi's films a joy to…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    Damn.

    If Lady Bird represents the essence of adolescence, then Frances Ha is the perfect encapsulation of what comes next: the crippling reality of young adulthood. It’s an era of no defined path to go down, leading to a long string of trial and error, hoping that what you chose to major in in college wasn’t in vain. Bouncing from job to job, apartment to apartment, scraping by to make ends meet; it’s a constant battle with seemingly no end…