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  • Spirited Away

  • All About My Mother

  • 8½

  • Crazy Rich Asians

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  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    Getting $50 from Polygon or some other Vox site that covers movies now for some reason to write a piece on this with a thesis that goes something like "A charming portrait of a soon to be middle-aged woman who finds her life on the rocks that ultimately fails to account for all the ways that America, the country she lives in, is also on the rocks," making me the main character of Twitter for the day but also giving me enough money to pay for one (1) value size box of Honest Company plant-based baby wipes.

  • Days

    Days

    When a filmmaker holds on each shot for so long that the entirety of the film forever burrows its way deep into your consciousness... that’s a Tsai-op.

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    I believe it was Eisenstein who declared animation the realm of the “plasmatic,” placing great value in the cartoon’s “rejection of once and forever allotted form, freedom from ossification, the ability to dynamically assume any form, to draw any kind of fucked up thing and make it throw up for the entirety of a five-minute set piece.”

  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother

    What the movies are all about, baby.

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  • 8½

    In college, a close friend of mine had an outsized positive reaction to his first viewing of 8 1/2. He had struggled to form connections with the earlier screenings in our art cinema course, but 8 1/2 broke through, nearly gaining favorite film status in an instant. For weeks, he couldn’t stop talking about it. I remember making fun of him for this, saying stuff like, “Huh, never heard of it,” and “Wow, you’ve really cracked the case on that…

  • The Power of Kangwon Province

    The Power of Kangwon Province

    Look, I think my Hong bonafides are pretty well proven so I’m just going to come out and say it: the most popular review for this movie only has 23 likes. That’s hardly any likes. Surely I can get more. Please help me get more. It’d be really cool to have the most popular review for one of my favorite filmmaker’s films. I’d wear it like a badge of honor, even if it’s for one of the early and underseen…