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  • Wadaiko Girls

    Wadaiko Girls

    ★★★½

    watched at shanghai film festival

    couldn’t find much information on this film in english so went in with literally with no expectations and then missed the first ten minutes. honestly, turned out to be one of my favorite films i’ve watched this year so far. there’s a lot that is set up which is then essentially abandoned and the pacing/structure was a bit off for me, but it’s surprisingly so compelling. the characters are so dynamic and the actresses are…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

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

    watched at shanghai film festival

    pretty different than what i expected, but also went in with no knowledge and just excitement. really liked the script! thought some moments somewhat lacked in execution but the parts that hit really hit so hard (e.g. lou leaving, slide scene).

    i also love olivia cooke so it was a very happy surprise to see her.

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  • Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    ★½

    i genuinely like euphoria! but over the course of the first season, it definitely unraveled on itself to reveal pretty weak writing (especially in the finale). so when you take away all the “shininess” that defines euphoria as the show it is, i kinda feel like it’s not really left with much.

    i get what they’re trying to go for and was actually pretty excited ‘cause i thought they were giving themselves a chance to showcase good writing that wasn’t…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ½

    this has been on my watchlist forEVER and kinda wish i stayed away from it. the fetishism and portrayal of japan and japanese people is... really hard to sit through and, quite frankly, pretty grossly racist? honestly, the blatant “otherness” of japan sofia coppola creates feels pretty maliciously intentioned. within the first five minutes of the film, i was ready to bail but pushed through another five and kinda regret that i did. was so uncomfortable the entire time. there’s…