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  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Red Shoes
  • Pride & Prejudice
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  • The Depths

  • Scene 39

  • Aristocrats

    ★★★

  • Touching the Skin of Eeriness

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    So far ahead of its time then, and so far ahead of its time even now. The visual complexity of this film is still unmatched in animation and directors seeking to copy it in live-action (Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan). To say it is a critique on capitalism and the exploitation of women's bodies in the media is honestly far too simplistic a take: just scratching the surface of Satoshi Kon's layered, deconstruction of feminine identity in the age of burgeoning…

  • Love Letter

    Love Letter

    "All of us Japanese are responsible for the war. All of us struggled in the postwar days. Who can throw a stone at whom?"

    Kinuyo Tanaka's debut feature. Having played many "fallen women" before, she adapts this novel by Fumio Niwa and looks at the genre from a male perspective, laying bare the hypocrisy of men. On the outset, the two main male characters (and brothers) Reikichi (Masayuki Mori, playing yet another dirtbag---the Brooding Tortured Nice Guy™) and his brother…

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  • The Depths

    The Depths

    It's fascinating to go back into his pre-Happy Hour work and see his fixation with art and performance as the ways in which we express our true desires and self while constantly denying who we truly are.

  • Aristocrats

    Aristocrats

    ★★★

    Needed a real thrust--- obvious what the film was trying to do and I appreciate it avoiding melodrama or going the film adaptation of Born in 1982, Kim Ji Yong route of the whole "after-school sexism special", but the pacing was a little tepid and direction felt rather safe. But I appreciated a lot of the details in the production and still found the choice to be rather observational a good direction to take, and avoiding oversimplifying either class/society that the two main characters belong in respectively, as well as them as characters individually. Mugi Kadowaki and Kiko Mizuhara are both developing into very fine actresses.

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  • Life Partners

    Life Partners

    I liked this film a lot because it is one of the most accurate depictions of female friendships I have seen on screen. That is a little sad, but that says more about the state of Hollywood and its writers.

    But anyway, written and directed by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, Life Partners is about two best friends, Sasha (Leighton Meester) and Paige (Gillian Jacobs), who are both 29 and navigating their late 20s as best as they can. Leighton…

  • The Sisterhood of Night

    The Sisterhood of Night

    ★★★

    I thought this movie was really accurate as to the depiction of how teenage girls behave and think and relate to one another, especially in the ways they can love and care for their friends and at the same time hurt and exclude others. It cut so close to home for me because I was every one of the 4 main girls at one point and could relate to all of their experiences.

    The strength in the screenplay is also…