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  • Riders of Justice

    ★★★½

  • CODA

    ★★★½

  • Your Name.

    ★★★½

  • Sumaithaangi

    ★★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    This review contains various thematic spoilers but only vague allusions to plot spoilers. Read at your discretion.

    A Brighter Summer Day is a truth epic, a four hour journey into the abyss of teenage disillusionment. It's about the reality of growing up and the consequences of an aimless life. It's a quiet movie, of people kissing in the dark, with conversations happening between people offscreen, of themes muted in favour of shapeless ideas. It's paced like life itself, with threads…

  • Werckmeister Harmonies

    Werckmeister Harmonies

    ★★★★★

    Werckmeister Harmonies is a film of constant symbolism and allegory. It is the greatest philosophical and political allegory since Sátántangó, another film by master auteur Béla Tarr. Werckmeister Harmonies is Tarr's most exciting film (although Sátántangó remains his best) because it's the most brimming with ideas. Adapting the novel The Melancholy of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai, Werckmeister Harmonies more than matches the quality of the masterful original text. The film is more implicit in some ways, taking the dense metaphorical nature of the novel but…

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  • Riders of Justice

    Riders of Justice

    ★★★½

    As a story of broken people finding some kind of connection Riders of Justice is very touching. It is a film which is both melancholic and uplifting. It is about men facing their troubles, their masculinity in need of a fix. The events of the film bond them and it becomes a kind of weird therapy for their trauma and grief. The characters are slightly odd, with three slightly nerdy men finding themselves connected to a nihilistic man played by…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★½

    CODA is a charming US indie movie, though it remains formulaic more than anything. It's a coming-of-age story with all of the usual tropes. However what makes CODA stand out a little is the focus on deaf culture and people with deaf family members. To CODA's credit, it treats its deaf characters with the utmost respect, showing them as normal people rather than stereotypes. The deaf parents are very endearing characters, even if they are stubborn. Troy Kotsur and Marlee…

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  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    SPOILERS ahead, but I would recommend reading this review regardless.

    This was my own personal hell. I was actually very excited to see Weathering with You. Makoto Shinkai is a mixed director at best but his work was certainly improving over the years. Two of the friends I most trust for anime recommendations told me this was great. I even almost went to the English premiere. Boy am I glad I didn't. I hated this film. I was fine for…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    Dear Mum,

    I never said "I love you" enough. I always meant to, but I never knew how to express my emotions. As a child I didn't understand, as an adult I don't have the humility to admit my many emotional failings. With dad being how he is, and me being me, I wonder if you ever heard it enough. But know this now, I love you. You are the reason for my every success.

    As a child I didn't…