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  • Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    ★★★★½

    I don’t often do TV season reviews, but I’d really like to talk about Higurashi. I have far too much to say. Loads of it isn’t about the current season itself, so I don’t blame you for dipping out, though I think all of it ties together in the end, and either way I just wanted to get my thoughts out there. This review is spoiler-free. However, because Higurashi is about a mystery, be warned that I vaguely talk about…

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    Film #91 that was recommended to me -- now subject to loose, arbitrary ranking! (Recommended by Nadia)

    There is so much going on here that writing about this film is daunting. It might not look like there is much depth, as some ridiculous story about a guy who becomes a master of the art of upskirt photography, but this isn’t just random wackiness and the 4 hours are certainly not wasted. Underneath everything else going on, it’s also a simple,…

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  • Rumble in the Bronx

    Rumble in the Bronx

    ★★★

    The weakest Jackie Chan film I've seen yet, but even that isn't a terrible thing to be. To be fair, some of this is likely due to my own preferences -- half of what I love about kung-fu type movies is the opportunity to immerse myself in a different environment and culture. Bringing Jackie Chan to America just serves to put me on the usual streets and convenience stores that I see everywhere, adding in motorcycle gangs and the like.…

  • Street of Shame

    Street of Shame

    ★★★★½

    Film #94 that was recommended to me -- now subject to loose, arbitrary ranking! (Recommended by Nick J)

    Quick note, I noticed I just broke 900 followers! It feels really good, thanks. Sorry I'm not too active here with other people's reviews recently -- I'm finally feeling largely better (fingers crossed), but now that, as I mentioned in another review, I've started trying to learn Japanese, reading a bunch of reviews here is the sort of thing that I've been…

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

    As I write this review, very early morning May 31st, 2020, protests are erupting in what seems to be damn near every major city in the United States. George Floyd has recently become yet another victim of police brutality, as a cop used his knee to crush Floyd's neck for almost 9 whole minutes until he died. Derek Chauvin is a murderer. The other 3 cops who watched it happen are no better. Of course, you'd hardly know that from…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ½

    So, this is my 1000th logged film. I wanted to do something special for it, watch a film I’m really interested in like Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud, one of the few remaining movies I haven’t seen by that director who means quite a lot to me. But it’s completely unavailable anywhere. The only source I can manage to find is an overpriced DVD on Amazon that reviews say is a bad quality DVD-R with the film burned to it.…