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  • The Inland Sea

    The Inland Sea

    ★½

    The source material is patronising bilge and adds nausea when he starts meditating on sex as a tourist's ideal souvenir, which is incidentally followed by his talking about meeting a group of 15-year-old girls, 'that age when they are both adults and children'.

  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

    ★★★½

    As much as I want to learn about boundary breaking figures from a century ago, professors still need to not fuck their students. And more than once, the film pushes the standard that persistence in the face of initial rejection will win you the person you want.

  • Happiness of Us Alone

    Happiness of Us Alone

    ★★★½

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

    A much better film without the final four minutes pushing the emotional manipulation over the edge

  • Rendezvous in July

    Rendezvous in July

    ★½

    Anthropological view of Paris in the 1940s. Ripe-looking ostensible youth, appropriating, negging, and undeniably French with a quota of colonialist gaze.

  • Gie

    Gie

    ★★½

    "I am here for you, the wretched and the oppressed. Except women, who will always be beneath men if all they care about are clothes and make-up."

  • Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    Mills Blue Rhythm Band

    ★★★

    If it's not racist imagery emblazoned on the posters, it's a jungle scene that Hollywood'll cram in

  • The Devil's Toy

    The Devil's Toy

    ★★★★

    Available to watch on the NFB site.

    Stumbled on this because Pierre F. Brault later composed music for Passe-Partout. The end credits make me nostalgic for a time and place I've never lived.

    Before this, I only knew Geneviève Bujold as the person who gave up the role of Janeway.

  • Foxtrot

    Foxtrot

    ★★

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

    It worked better when I thought the son had killed himself after being singled out to decamp, heightening his guilt. Instead, it's about accidents of the natural world, and only one side gets to grieve.

    Our societies' dearth of shame-free messages around sex and our bodies generates here a story masquerading as comic. And animal cruelty is so much a trait of the father it is both illustrated and animated.

  • Dede

    Dede

    ★★½

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

    A chilling throwback to lives of isolation, servitude, and the duty of breeding, in disjointed vignettes bookended by convenient deaths

    Book notes: The Color Purple and Blood Child encapsulate this horror thunderingly

  • Lamb in the Down Right Corner

    Lamb in the Down Right Corner

    ★★★★

    Sprightly kids' fare with a balmy sense of humour

  • Chizuko's Younger Sister

    Chizuko's Younger Sister

    ★★★

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

    So my little girl's old enough to be assaulted. They grow up so fast.

    Rapists are only imagined as a stranger in a dark alley. Sisters are interchangeable love interests. Life partners are discardable (she's having so much fun in the hospital, the doctor's such a card).

    Even after decades of bringing women protagonists to the screen, Ōbayashi's old-man-ness seeps through in an otherwise tender family drama. The friendship between Mika and Mako help to offset the current of other women as competition. The local flair is spectacular. The soundtrack reminiscent of Legend of Zelda is lovely. And there are signature touches sprinkled throughout.

  • Life Is Rosy

    Life Is Rosy

    ★½

    They skimped on the music and concentrated on rancid plotting