• His Motorbike, Her Island

    His Motorbike, Her Island

    ★★★★

    88/100
    No one captured the dream of adolescence as something so elusive and carefree as Nobuhiko Ôbayashi did. This growing up—the part of our lives defined by the liminal identity of being a child and an adult and the seemingly infinite possibilities that came from that in-between place we stared in the face with childish arrogance only for us to get knocked down and try again with spirits undeterred—was what imbued the films of Ôbayashi with so much contagious vigor…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    100/100
    I-I'll explain later holy fuck

  • Distance

    Distance

    Okay, today’s it. My short film comes out today. Some of you are really excited so this one’s for you, too. I feel simultaneously confident and nervous of what you guys will think of what I’ve made. But first, some context, some insight into the process, and what you should expect. Eh, but honestly you can skip to the YouTube link below and read this later…

    Backstory on one of last year’s personal highlight projects: It’s late May 2021 and…

  • Branded to Kill

    Branded to Kill

    ★★★★

    80/100
    Seijun Suzuki made movies that "made no sense and made no money"—movies that deserve more recognition now than they did back then. He was a counterculture icon, ever rebellious against the norms imposed on cinema, and one of the films that embody Suzuki's subversive spirit is what many people believe to be his masterwork, Branded to Kill., an unorthodox noir action piece set in the underground crime scene dripping with nihilistic cool; sleazy and slick, allegorical with an off-kilter…

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    ★★★★½

    93/100
    Don’t you just love it when a film makes you say, “What the fuck did I just watch?” Now this is bonkers. One of the most notorious and truly electrifying mindfucks cinema has ever conceived is Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Like, what in the actual fuck, right? Sweat drips from every pore, a silent tension radiating from the skin and from much deeper, an unstoppable fixation trembles the bones, pure metal madness. What I or what anyone can make…

  • Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands

    Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands

    ★★★½

    70/100
    How the hell can you not be taken by a title like Atsushi Yamatoya's Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands? This pinku (Japanese theatrical releases that are uh, basically arthouse softcore porn, I guess) cult classic's eccentric and loose narrative is sure to welcome those who seek it into its fever dream of an experience, like a drink spiked with much crude creativity and atmosphere.

    Men living in and out of desire, lustful daydreams; temptation, placing the good and…

  • Sanjuro

    Sanjuro

    ★★★★½

    91/100
    Obligatory Kurosawa film for Japanuary, this year for the effortlessly cool and action-packed Sanjuro. My twelfth film from Kurosawa if I'm not mistaken, the sequel to the acclaimed Yojimbo sees the nameless ronin back in action to aid a group of young resistance warriors rescue their clan fortress town from rotten politicians and their herd of guards. It's short, simple, fun, and it's a classic for a reason.

    Sanjuro is one of Kurosawa's most commercial and accessible films, a…

  • Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    ★★★★★

    ⬆️ 98/100
    Previous viewings: 95/100 | Previous Review

    Had no plans to actually see Porco Rosso at the beginning of the month but when it's your favorite director's 81st birthday, you've always got to make time. Happy birthday, Hayao Miyazaki! This man never ceases to amaze me. Decided to watch Porco for a third time since it's been over a year since I last saw it and I was becoming unsure how I felt about. I actually brought it down…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★

    85/100
    Loud thuds echo from the deep, a monster of old shakes the earth from underneath. The people run away to safety, their houses tremble and fall to the ground. From the ocean emerges a creature of such awe, terror...and a pain that still lingered as if it all just happened yesterday. This is it, the ultimate kaiju—the king of the monsters. It's Gojira! A titan of pop culture and the star of the longest-running film franchise in the world,…

  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood

    ★★★★

    82/100
    Red blood paints the soft, white snow—what beauty, what carnage. I'm beginning the new year by taking part in Japanuary, kicking off my journey with the colors of the banner of cinema's greatest goldmine. Toshiya Fujita's Lady Snowblood embodies the style, substance, and cultural footprint of many great Japanese classics. Swift as a blade and disarmingly elegant as the woman who wields it, Lady Snowblood leaves behind a trail of chaotic splendor and you begging for more.

    Conceived and…

  • Distance

    Distance

    Well, that's another 365 days around the Sun. 2021 was the promise that everything would turn out better than the year before. While there were tough times as usual, the world went through a healing process and perhaps now, more than ever before, the light at the end of the tunnel shines brightest. The best gift of any year, or in life in general, is hope. Nothing really changes as the clock's hand points to midnight of the first day…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Much of this film is still an enigma to me. So many thoughts, so many contradictions, so many questions. But then if I knew all about it, I'd have no purpose to love it. Stalker is a masterpiece of the art of cinema, a revelation to mankind, a relentless doubter, a hopeful friend. That I believe in.

    Hey, everyone! I'm so sorry for the lack of reviews for the past month or so. I've watched some real neat stuff while…