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  • An Autumn Afternoon

    An Autumn Afternoon

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ozu’s final film looks again at the problem of the upper middle class marrying off daughters, with another variant in perspective. But like “Good Morning” and “ Kohayagawa Family” there is some shift back towards the comedy and nansensu stylings of the 1930s films that were once Ozu's bread and butter. And the opening credits seems to confirm this call back to 30s comedies, instead of the familiar cross hatched brown (tatami mats? Burlap?), of Ozu’s post-war films, this films…

  • Late Spring

    Late Spring

    ★★★★★

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    When doing what’s right (by social expectations) is wrong (for the individuals) every person involved winds up unhappy and less well off and separated from the family they truly and deeply love. 

    The fascinating balance of the film is that it manages to critique the universality of behavior society requires without discarding the institutions that society is trying to enforce.

    That is to say the film does an admirable defense of marriage but also is extremely insistent upon this point,…

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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★★

    Stunning documentary on skating and friendship and poverty and abuse and growing up. Incredibly impressive often brilliantly lensed, and edited brilliantly weaving together three young men’s lives as they twist and diverge around each other.

  • Harlequin

    Harlequin

    ★★★½

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    A nice three reel silhouette puppet animation from Reineger. Wonderful figure detail and pantomime acting, but the fairy tale love triangle plot is a little slow and frequently moderately confusing. But the ending when the loverboy is executed, and his angry love takes up his chains and the bashes satan over the head with them when satan tries to claim her lovers body, that was awesome.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    A film with a miraculous balance of tone and sentiment that manages to find sweetness and humanity and forgiveness in the darkest of times and offer a narrative path of humor and absurdity to counterpoint a story of the terrifying indoctrination of children and the creeping insidious terror of fascism and authoritarianism. 

    Let us not forget that children becoming fanatics selling out their parents and loved ones is no laughing matter and rooted deeply in history particularly the history of the 30s-50s. The real stories of children like Jojo are far darker and more disturbing than this fable—but we have to have hope.

  • Creed

    Creed

    ★★★★★

    A superb film from start to finish that is just about perfect in every way. From fantastic performances, a great script, stunning cinematography and steadicam choreogepahy, flawless, brilliantly paced editing from the moments of intimacy where the film takes its time to the energetic and throwback style of the final twelve round fight.

    But what is most impressive of all is that this film has a beautifully realized theme about identity and place in the world—which perfectly dovetails with the…