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  • Drive My Car
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  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★

  • Pleasure

    ★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    [99]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. It may be worth mentioning that this review is written with a more pragmatic, perhaps simplistic, approach in mind since this is for a different audience. And, if you've been a regular reader of my Kurosawa reviews lately, some things mentioned here may seem a little repetitive, again because of a different audience. Possibly, I might refashion it later.

    As a stroke of sheer coincidence, I noticed that I had written…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    [86]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. The larger piece does not contain spoilers, but — for the content I cut for the paper — some spoilers will be found in the appendices which follow the review.

    ‘Parasite,’ the brilliant Korean Best Picture winner

    My affair with writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” began back in August, then three months after its premiere at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, the…

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★½

    My fourth Zhao.

    If not for the dreadful reputation preceding it and had I gone into this completely blind, this would have been crushingly, irretrievably disappointing. Especially as it is directed by one of the great, up-and-coming auteurs, Chloé Zhao. It has its ambition while sporting some of the more robust visuals of the MCU, and it has no shortage of theoretically enticing ideas wreathed around its "black sheep" appeal, but the weight of its abysmal script and poorly developed…

  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

    ★★★★

    My fourth Hamaguchi, sixth overall.

    Perhaps it was natural that Haruki Murakami's short story "Drive My Car" came to writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, as if Hamaguchi, only having adapted one Murakami story, is the cinematic doppelgänger for the surrealist Murakami, for the so-called Bildungsroman [German literary term for a "coming of age" narrative, this time applying to both the middle-aged and youth alike] subgenre that they both dabble in. Not to mention "Drive My Car" spends so much time in its…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    [28]

    May write more on a later date. It's late and I'm tired (probably no thanks to this film in part), but I aim to muster up enough strength to marginally lambaste this. As tainted by the name of Bryan Singer as it very much is, this is just a thoroughly dim-witted, banal, apocryphal affair that was categorically crafted to cater to as large an audience as possible, never minding to shoot the film in any imaginative way, technically or…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    [76]

    Hadn't seen this since its theatrical run nearly four years ago, and my recent reading of Pynchon's source novel, after having also spent a hallucinatory, psychosexual jaunt through Gravity's Rainbow, a leviathan of a tome, it gave me the urge to revisit this, and I must admit, as far as screen adaptations go, this is an almost altogether faithful one. Like The Big Sleep, all those years ago, the type of film that adheres to the old Godard-spouting adage…