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|90 90%||Only Yesterday (1991) - Jul 01, 2021
"Very thankful I put off watching this for so long, as it hit very effectively with me as a 29 year old wrapped up in memories of the past and trying to figure out what they want out of life. Only Yesterday is a quiet, understated, lovely film with a very mature perspective on the passing of time and the forces that shape us. I wish the film had done a bit more in regards to stating that some of what Taeko went through was actually trauma, but despite this I left feeling well-nourished."
|85 81%||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Jan 05, 2021
"Gosh the animation in this, and the ways in which the creators keep coming up with new ideas to throw at you with it, is stunning. Transcends its genre."
|25 4%||Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977) - Oct 04, 2020
"The looped piece of music was so maddening and distracting that I gave up on the film after 40 minutes. I'm willing to believe that my viewing was soured by me being worn out at the time, and that the film has a bunch of redeeming qualities, but I really did not get on with it at all."
|90 90%||Mogari no mori (2007) - Sep 23, 2020
"I loved this film. Kawase presents these characters with compassion and sensitivity, never allowing things to spiral into sentimentality. Her touch is incredibly gentle, allowing the emotions here time to breathe. Its look at mourning offers no easy answers, just the constant forward motion of nature, and the forest's seeming acknowledgement of these character's emotional states acting as some reassurance that maybe your grief is on some level recognised by the world around you."
|65 35%||Sicilia! (1999) - Sep 18, 2020
"Beautifully shot, and the film has a wonderful sense of rhythm to it. Sadly the actual conversations that are contained within this, and the themes they explore, largely left me feeling cold."
|40 10%||All About My Mother (1999) - Sep 07, 2020
"As a trans person this film's presentation of trans people made me so uncomfortable that it was hard for me to engage with any of the things that the film did right. Even beyond that the film has a habit of killing off characters the moment they stop being useful, and is so melodramatic that it's hard to buy into the more personal aspects."
|95 96%||House (1977) - Aug 22, 2020
"Intensely maximalist, a mad cacophony of knowing, parodic humour, inventive, oftentimes-freaky special effects, and gorgeous images each showing just long enough to wow you before skipping along to the very next moment. The sheer unpredictability of all of this for me significantly contributed to how unsettling and even scary the film could be at times; the film has so little respect for narrative and filmic traditions that it's hard to be emotionally prepared for whatever is coming next."
|80 69%||Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) - Aug 10, 2020
"Deranged, genre-mashing, deeply disturbing and very intentional in all its madness. I respect the stance of those that just can't justify Stockholm Syndrome being used for comedy like this, though everything Almodóvar does here feels very calculated and like he's aware that the stuff he is showing is deplorable. He doesn't endorse any of this behaviour, but instead takes these transgressions and uses them to make points about patriarchy, narratives and film-making."
|50 17%||The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) - Aug 05, 2020
"People seem to see the music of this film as one of its redeeming qualities, but I found the way in which it strains to imbue a sense of mysticism into everything pretty grating. There are some nice moments, in particular the underwater footage and Brad Dourif, but some of what is shown simply isn't interesting and even that which is doesn't feel like it is actually being elevated at all by the film's form."
|70 44%||Wheel of Time (2003) - Jul 30, 2020|