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  • The Social Network
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Yi Yi
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Casino Royale

    ★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

  • Don't Look Up

    ★★

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★

    A mother who is casually cruel makes a fascinating character study, but I can't help feeling underwhelmed by the ending as I keep waiting for a more dramatic conflict. The most 3-3.5 stars film I’ve ever watched?

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    Second time watching it and it is just as emotionally overwhelming as my first watch! Maybe because I have been feeling quite vulnerable lately, this film feels like a gentle, warm stroke on my back.
    I am amazed by how Hamaguchi weaves multiple literature materials together with his own interpretation in such a seamless, masterful way. Murakami’s short stories are snippets of life’s magical moments. While they can be charming, these stories sometimes feel very flat and don’t carry much…

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