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  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★½

    Alex recommended me this and I didn't know this was a movie by Noah Baumbach so the whole time I was watching this, I was like, wait is this a Baumbach movie, no way this is his movie, this sounds like this could be his movie. And as the credits started rolling, low and behold, "written and directed by Noah Baumbach."
    I think the element that's so distinctly "Baumbach" about this film is the slightly pretentious, overly sophisticated, witty dialogue.…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★★

    Incredibly heart-felt and full of so much life. A love letter to Japanese culture and a perfect amalgamation of how a film can be so emotionally-driven. It is such an astounding introduction to Japanese cinema. The scene in the beginning of the film between the student and the sensei encapsulates the essence of the film and sets you up for a journey that's authentic, playful, hopeful, and innocent with a sizzling touch of taboo.