Aki Menzies

ozu | sirk | altman | tarkovsky

Favorite films

  • 3 Women
  • Badlands
  • 2046
  • Seven Samurai

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  • Antlers

    ★★★½

  • Squid Game

    ★★★★½

  • Desert Hearts

    ★★★★

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

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  • Antlers

    Antlers

    ★★★½

    While Antlers is definitely a recommend, I felt like director Scott Cooper didn’t fully develop the themes of abuse, neglect, poverty and environmentalism he introduced. Plot was very predictable after the (amazing) first act. The film often lacked nuance despite a well-crafted atmosphere and haunting performances. 

    Practical effects and CGI/creature design were SICK though, you can feel prod. Guillermo del Toro’s influence. And Keri Russell got the final girl role she rightly deserves.

  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    Sae-byeok forever

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Parasite exhibits total technical and conceptual mastery of Bong’s favorite themes while simultaneously taking his oeuvre to new places. He seamlessly weaves together melodrama, satire, comedy and horror elements while ultimately centering deeply lovable and flawed characters. Anyone living in a capitalist democracy will find a lot to chew on here…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    Uniquely mesmerizing and charmingly bizarre. Wong’s movies are maybe the most deserving of the cliched phrase “so beautiful it hurts.”