Kenji Fujishima

Kenji Fujishima

Constant seeker of the sublime.

Favorite films

  • PlayTime
  • Vertigo
  • Fallen Angels
  • Ikiru

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  • The Castle

    ★★★½

  • High Sierra

    ★★★½

  • Woman in the Moon

    ★★★★

  • Blue Collar

    ★★★★

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  • St. Elmo's Fire

    St. Elmo's Fire

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

    The extra half a star for this ode to yuppie self-absorption is for its unexpected verbal shout-out to my favorite composer, Gustav Mahler, and his Ninth Symphony during the scene where Ally Sheedy is going through her record collection with a hypocritically indignant Judd Nelson after she's slept with Andrew McCarthy. Even while sitting through a woefully dated and loathsome piece of junk like this, I gotta stay #onbrand.

  • The State I Am In

    The State I Am In

    ★★★★

    Thanks to Mubi, I was able to catch up with Christian Petzold's debut feature in preparation for this Book & Film Globe review of his latest, Undine. It turns out I actually think this political thriller/coming-of-age tale deserves to be considered one of Petzold's best films, along with, imo, Undine, Barbara, and his Beats Being Dead contribution to Dreileben.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • Trouble Every Day

    Trouble Every Day

    ★★★★½

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

    An alternately lyrical and brutal vision of desire as pure lust, with cannibalism envisioned as the end result of tossing off one's inner humanity in favor of animal instinct. But then, isn't that what sex essentially is, in some ways? Not that Claire Denis is puritanical about sex; Trouble Every Day is framed not merely as the typical slasher-movie "sex = death" equation, but more as a blood-and-thunder struggle between thought and feeling, scientific detachment and Romantic passion. Certainly, I…