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  • Love Education

    Love Education

    ★★★½

    Sylvia Chang's Love Education has such a good balance of heartfelt drama, comforting warmth and just a dash of comic relief that made it a pleasure to watch. There's a lot to like: gorgeous hues, good performances and also what I think is an interesting, layered exploration of duty, grief, love and family dynamics in the PRC that offers different generational point of views.

    Severely underwatched, so I really just wanted to write *something* here to draw attention to it.

  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story

    ★★★★★

    With Tapei Story, Yang focuses on the interhuman relations affected by the "Taiwan Economic Miracle". It's a film about alienation, melancholy and solitude in a rapidly changing and growing Taiwan.

    "The illusion that you can start over.
    Just a fleeting hope.
    "

    People lost in urban modernity–the late-capitalist, neon-drenched Taipei landscapes–trying to find a future and their identity therein. And as the characters pursue their dreams and move ahead, they lose a part of themselves and, as an inevitable fallout, people…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★

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

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a carefully constructed film, gradually revealing its scope as the complexity of the film's narrative unfolds. When you can actually see what's on screen, it's also a formally fascinating film with very deliberate, purposeful editing and framing; but I'm not sure its formal rigidity always works in the film's favor. In tone and visual style the film is more overtly in the genre of psychological horror than the "psychological horror" inherent to Kaufman's usual…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★

    To my surprise, this 2016 horror film isn't nearly as disturbing as I was led to expect. Instead, Raw is a surprisingly endearing and complex coming-of-age drama.

    In this immensely impressive debut film, director Ducournau examines the formative experiences of self-discovery and loss of innocence, of sexual awakening and craving - the search for identity. On top of that it's a fascinating portrayal of the relationship of and bond between two sisters.
    Using cannibalism to explore these themes makes Raw…