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  • Forget Me Not
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  • Grand Maison Tokyo

    ★★★

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

  • Love & Basketball

  • Cry Macho

    ★★

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  • Cross Game

    Cross Game

    ★★★★★

    An excerpt from a Work in Progress piece on this magnificent anime:

    "How to explain Cross Game? It is a simple question, but a complicated answer. It is a TV anime that aired from 2009 to 2010 for 50 episodes. It tells the story of a few baseball-obsessed teens and their romantic entanglements. So, a sports anime. But we are very, very far away from the shounen pyrotechnics of a Kuroko’s Basketball, or Haikyuu!! where absolutely everything is subsumed to…

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The limits of the liberal imagination...

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    Cinema without risk. A director waving his hands without purpose, barreling through imagery he is unprepared to deal with and settling for cheap shortcuts (the shots with the shoes). What does this have to say about fascism or life under it, its effects on people? It is empty caricature, settling finally on a coming of age story that's maudlin and without distance - forget about everything and dance! Ultimately, Waititi seeks to do two things: redeem those living under fascism…

  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★

    The final scene is indicative of the issues at play here. It is a small revelation from one character to another, a surprise, deepening the connection between them, an homage to their past, a tribute. But it's all wrong. The rhythm is too fast, there's no patience, no poetry - my auteurist broken brain for some reason made a connection to Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and the ending of that film, where Crowe takes his time, showing the emotional…