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  • The Day He Arrives
  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
  • Ikiru
  • Terrorizers

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  • The Net

    ★★★

  • The Summit of the Gods

    ★★★★

  • The Piano Teacher

    ★★½

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★½

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    Frozen in a suicidal landscape of concrete and fog. A bleak lamentation on joyless mundanity amidst a purgatory of pessimism and pain. The day to day neverending liaison with loneliness. "Life is agony" mutters the schoolboy but that's nothing profound. It's the reality here. It's the reality of all those left behind in a state of limbo whilst the rest of the country marches forward. Those you can dub as the fragmented people. Those in the static fringe where the…

  • Suzhou River

    Suzhou River

    ★★★★★

    Much like the opening sequence, I found myself drifting through the film as if i was a passenger on the boat. Enveloped by a myriad of emotions and in a constant state of observation at all the transient and ephemeral moments of love, loneliness and tragedy unfolding in front of me, all amidst the backdrop of a far slower societal change. There's hue's of Kar-Wai here, the dream-like quality, except it's a portrait of the grittier side of Shanghai at the…

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  • The Net

    The Net

    ★★★

    The hypocrisy of authority is laid bare as bureaucracy roars it’s ugly head. Whether it’s the futility of all those patriotic screams of revolution on the Northern side or the predilection for feigned sympathy on the Southern, it’s a damning portrayal of just how similar the tactics are when governmental figures in either state are dealt with individuals they deem to be a threat. There’s really no subtlety here in the way that this is all portrayed.

    Those who hold authority…

  • The Summit of the Gods

    The Summit of the Gods

    ★★★★

    Almost half a decade ago, maybe even longer, I came across a piece of fiction that has stayed with me ever since. I read the climbing manga ‘Kokou no Hito’. The work was an absolute masterpiece. A deeply beautiful, poetic and ruminating journey that quite elaborately examines the psyche of these climbers. I could never relate to the actions. I could never relate or attempt to make sense of why these people would push both their physical and mental capacities…

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  • Goldman v Silverman

    Goldman v Silverman

    ★★★

    low iq - cool short about two new york street performers hustling over a corner block

    high iq - sandler's goldman is a metaphor for the oscars and him telling silverman to fuck off is basically the bullshit that was handed to uncut gems in what was a clear snub, how the fuck wasn't sandler nominated for best lead

  • Berserk

    Berserk

    ★★★★★

    No idea why this is on here. It's a single season so that probably fits the parameter of what LB considers a 'mini-series' but that's irrelevant.

    I'm not complaining.

    The Berserk manga is one of the finest pieces of fiction I've ever read in my life. An existential nightmare which explores the very essence of human nature in a dark and grizzly world full of it's own charm and beauty. 

    This 1997 series is the best visual adaptation we have. A…