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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Day 30/30

    I did it.
    I watched Bullet Ballet, every day throughout April. Not sure if that speaks more about the film's quality or my Asperger's syndrome, but in any case, this has been quite a ride. I don't necessarily recommend doing this sort of thing since it could potentially ruin your enjoyment of a film, but I guess due to my obsession with this one, the enjoyment stayed pretty consistent. On the other hand, I see that my challenge…

  • Sick Film

    Sick Film

    ★★★★

    If you've followed me here for a while, you probably noticed that I tag films which include vomit. On one hand, this functions as a trigger warning for those who suffer from emetophobia, but it's more of a personal reminder since I'm (for lack of a better word) fascinated by vomit. Whether it's the nonstop flow in Gerorisuto (1986) or the eerie slow-motion shot in Disgraced Heaven (2017), when depicted in film, vomit has a strangely cathartic effect on me.…

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  • Three Dots

    Three Dots

    ★★

    Roya Sadat is known as Afghanistan's first female director of the post-Taliban era, later followed by her younger sister Alka Sadat whose filmography I've recently delved deep into. However, this debut feature of Roya, while impressive given its historical context and limited budget, doesn't hold up well.

    Never mind the miserable school play levels of acting and largely incoherent plot structure, nor the reliance on natural lighting that made the nighttime scenes barely visible. I'm more perplexed by how they…

  • The Naughty List

    The Naughty List

    Ah yes, teaching kids the true meaning of Christmas - dictatorship and manual labor. How jolly.

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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Let's make something crystal clear:
    This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Especially thanks to Kirina Mano's gripping performance and the stunning B&W cinematography. Granted, my taste in films is questionable to say the least, but for anyone who enjoyed Shinya Tsukamoto's other works like Tokyo Fist or Kotoko, I implore you to give this a watch. Some may get turned off by the bleak and nihilistic tone though.

  • Lux Æterna

    Lux Æterna

    ★★★★★

    The flames of filmmaking passion flickering before your very eyes, burning eternally. I've been blessed in transcendental anxiety.