Paul Oyama

Paul Oyama

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Just a film grad speaking for all the mediocrities. Not quite their patron saint though.

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    The Yi family is so much like the titular plant- they grow anew wherever planted, overcoming adversity to make their new conditions work. I feel like Lee Isaac Chung ran me over with that tractor Steven Yeun plows his field with. Somehow finds the maximum within the minimum, making genuine drama that poetically reflects the ideological conflict its characters face. Refuses to skip over moments that are massively important yet on paper feel uncompelling, making their value to this family…

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  • Belly

    Belly

    ★★★½

    It's Dark but I hope Heaven isn't too hot...

    Rest in Power, X

  • Always Shine

    Always Shine

    ★★★★

    Delightfully uncomfortable, never quite making it clear what is real and what isn't. The flashes throughout do just enough to put you on edge. Big Queen of Earth energy from this friendship dynamic of two friends who remember what their friendship was while also being upset that it seems like it'll never get back there.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

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

    This is the movie Bong has been circling his entire career.

    Titillatingly tip-toeing tonality has long-been one of his greatest strengths as a filmmaker. That ability to not simply make a serious scene followed by a funny one, but rather to inject both humor and dramatic stakes into the same moment. Eschewing the conventional confines of genre and instead making films with singular identities. The masterstroke here is taking his usually expansive storytelling style and distilling it into a confined…

  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender

    Hello darkness my old friend

    I watched The Last Airbender again

    By act two my friend was sleeping

    So bad it left me weeping

    And the mispronunciations that were planted in my brain

    Still cause pain

    Within the sound...of Ong