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  • The Message
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Adaptation.
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  • Kate

    ★★★

  • Malignant

    ★½

  • Short Circuit

    ★★½

  • Lady Street Fighter

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  • Gondola

    Gondola

    ★★★★

    Like a cross-section between films of the Taiwanese New Wave and a mood piece, 1987's Gondola is a curious gem. With little in the way of audience coverage for it or its director, the few that have sought it out seemed to have done so by word of mouth and comparisons to works sharing a similar appeal. From what I've gathered, August in the Water and the early 80s output of Edward Yang (That Day on the Beach, Taipei Story,…

  • The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

    The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

    ★★★★

    Exists in a parallel reality where 60s counter-culture, with all its drug use and eastern-influenced exploitation, has warped itself into a shapeless mass. A hallucinatory nightmare made flesh, residing in the thin membrane that separates conscious thought and impulse. The same partition where "peace and love" mantras and the occult stands shoulder-width apart. Absurd and perverse. Pulsating, droning, dissolving, turning into liquid.

    Alternatively, it's just a bunch of hippies flailing around after a bad acid trip. Either way, it's perplexing all the same. Whether you love or loath it, The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda will likely leave an impression.

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  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    ★½

    Could content made by the original creator still be classified as fan fiction? Well, technically no, but leave it to Hideaki Anno to make the impossible, possible.

    The Evangelion Rebuild films aren't so much about telling their own story or introducing new audiences to the world of Anno's Evangelion as it is about Evangelion itself. Not Evangelion the original series and film mind you, but what it's come to represent in the collective minds of all those who've ran away…

  • Siberiade

    Siberiade

    ★★★★

    Huge swaths of Russian history represented as a sprawling, moving canvas. The scale of which can't be properly appreciated until you've stepped back to observe the full picture on display. A history of revolution, disillusionment, national pride, and hardship. Men cutting through a dense Siberian forest to build a road with no discernable end in sight. Holding out hope for the unforeseen future of their homeland. With each decade chronicled, a rebellious spirit is continuously fostered, inherited from one generation…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    Good subject matter to highlight but handled with little finesse.

    Whether it operated with earnest intent or not, A Silent Voice was a mildly entertaining movie that unfortunately fell victim to tokenism and an overbearing amount of self-pity in order to bring its narrative to life. That being said, visually, it was a wonderful-looking project, making the 2-hour runtime fly by before you know it. With its broad brushstrokes of personalities and the pockets of distinct dynamics birthed from their…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    Coiling about, random collisions, chance encounters, restlessness. The mundane heightened, moments held dear, even if dismissive in the now. Nostalgic passages made for reflecting later—laughter, venting, chatting, cherishing. Going far places, reaching outward to find out that sometimes the small things are what matters. Growing up with the embrace of others, however trivial, is a gift.