Juan has written 61 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Tokyo Sonata

    Tokyo Sonata

    Family drama and societal expectations used as a vehicle for tension and thrill. Pretty good.

  • Man Push Cart

    Man Push Cart

    Can't go wrong with tragic neo-realism. Unique view into the NYC immigrant experience.

  • News from Home

    News from Home

    This wasn't that sad to me because I talk to my mom everyday.

  • That Day, on the Beach

    That Day, on the Beach

    Yang already shows a mastery of family dynamics in his directional debut, and the ability to shift through time without confusing the viewer or using exposition. The way he depicts the gradual, slow breakdown of a marriage leading to the film's climax should be talked about more. Beautiful framing, wardrobe, color usage, and the introspection of women's lives that we're used to from his other films.

  • Deep Blues

    Deep Blues

    Serviceable documentary with great performances.

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    A perfect exploration of the human condition and everyday feelings and struggles we all feel.

  • Drive My Car
  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    Pretty serviceable and in depth. Learned a lot.

  • Vortex

    Vortex

    Very tragic, personal, and intimate. The splitscreen format works to make the viewer feel like a third party watching a marriage and health decline.

  • Les Mistons

    Les Mistons

    Renoir said that you only really make one film, and every film made after that is a remake of it. Not sure if that is true but it could be the case for Truffaut. Every aspect of the Antoine films, among many others, is here: the awakening of sexual interest in boys, mischief, a feeling of leisurely trouble-making, school time, a nostalgic filter to adolescence. Homage to previous films appear as well as a few fun twists.

  • The Garment Jungle

    The Garment Jungle

    Very engaging noir in an unusual setting. Murder, unions, corruption, son and father drama, and a few plot twists. Very competently made and acted.

  • Suzhou River

    Suzhou River

    Now and then I'll pick a film out of my watchlist that I barely remember adding and still be blown away. Suzhou River is one of those films. The base story is engaging if not classic — a presumed dead woman and the man who loved her searching around. However, what sets Suzhou apart, much like most modern East Asian films, is the style and camera work. The story is told via what seems a distant observer (it even starts…