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  • Graveyard of Honor

    ★★★½

  • The Blue Sky Maiden

    ★★★★

  • Love & Pop

    ★★★★

  • Cure

    ★★★★★

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    “Are you sorry we drifted apart? Does your memory stray… to a brighter summer day?”

    The perilous search for identity in an ever-changing world seems to define the adolescent experience. Yet coupled with this ephemeral sense of youth is indescribable moments that linger in one’s mind for years. For me this was the rusted goal post, missing its net, quietly wobbling in the wind as I played soccer with friends.  The impressions on my forehead I’d get from constantly falling asleep…

  • Streetwise

    Streetwise

    ★★★★½

    American Exceptionalism is dead.

    Its body left to rot in an alleyway, flies joyfully feasting on its festering organs boiling in the heat, steam from the nearby factory cooking it to medium rare, as directionless youth plunder a dumpster for half-eaten wings.

    Its body thrown over a bridge, slowly free-falling in the air and landing ungracefully in the contaminated water, floating next to the youth that gleefully swim around looking for an escape.

    Its throat slashed in a bar fight,…

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  • Graveyard of Honor

    Graveyard of Honor

    ★★★½

    Dude just spends the entire runtime being an insufferable prick 

    Graveyard of Honor doesn’t really attempt to hide its connection to Japan’s Post War shift. For one, the main character was born on August 6, which makes the film’s wartime context all the more transparent. What I find so fascinating however is Japan’s slowly dissipating depiction of honor.

    Samurai films first graced the silver screen in the late 50s and early 60s with a shimmering code of ethics and honor…

  • The Blue Sky Maiden

    The Blue Sky Maiden

    ★★★★

    I mean…the fact that this is the same director of Blind Beast is absurd wtf

    It might be too easy to see a Japanese family drama seeped in an optimistic humanism and an understated style and begin comparing the work to that of Ozu, but nevertheless that’s exactly what I plan on doing.

    The Blue Sky Maiden works as an almost modern revamping of Ozu’s oeuvre. Gone is the dainty honorable female protagonist tragically sent off into marriage, forced to…

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