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  • The Taste of Tea

    The Taste of Tea

    ★★★★★

    Day #19 of Japanuary!

    Continuing with the theme of watching Japanese films throughout January, I decided to watch a film directed by Katsuhito Ishii.

    Wow, no film has ever made me feel as cozy and happy as The Taste of Tea made me feel. Watching this movie was the equivalent of receiving a nice, warm hug. It's surreal at times, even bizarre, but it's entirely relatable. Each member of the Haruno family and all of the peculiar characters they encounter…

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★★

    Day #8 of Japanuary!

    Continuing with the theme of watching Japanese films throughout January, I decided to watch a film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa today.

    Cure is officially one of my new favorite crime films. Quite often, crime films can feel too action-packed or too polished for my personal taste. Cure is just the opposite; it’s a grim, slow burn that takes its time to slowly fill the viewer with feelings of dread and anxiety. A touch of mysticism is thrown into…

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Come and See is about as emotionally draining as a film can be. It depicts all the horrors and tragedies of war through the eyes of a teenage boy. The film's title feels like a provocation of sorts, inviting the viewer to peek at just how low humanity has gone and will continue to go. By the end of the film, I had a hard time processing all of my emotions. It is depressing to know that humans treated each…

  • 2046

    2046

    ★★★★

    In the Mood for Love is one of my favorite films of all time, so I had high expectations going into 2046. It is (surprisingly) only the second Wong Kar-wai film that I have seen, and thankfully, it did not disappoint. It may not be as engrossing as In the Mood for Love, but 2046 oozes with style and sensuality. Themes of lust and longing for a lost love ripple throughout the film's runtime and a beautiful and talented cast…

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    Do the Right Thing was released over 30 years ago, yet the themes and messaging could not be any more relevant now. All of the issues within Bed-Stuy in the film still permeate through all of the United States now, and honestly, all over the rest of the world. It's deeply saddening, but it is necessary viewing.

    There is a sense of urgency in this film that many other films lack. Spike Lee makes it known that it is always…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    ½

    I cannot conjure up the appropriate words to accurately describe how much I hated this film. It is close to two hours worth of watching the two most insufferable characters ever argue about a plethora of uninteresting things. Levinson's writing genuinely makes me want to vomit. Even the most toxic people do not speak or act like this. Plus, if you're going to write insufferable characters (which appear to be an extension of Levinson himself), at least make them or…