Favorite films

  • The Wind Will Carry Us
  • A Moment of Innocence
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Body Double

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  • Working Girls

    ★★★★

  • Audition

  • Ghosts

    ★★★

  • Sibyl

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  • Working Girls

    Working Girls

    ★★★★

    Wow, a woman 100% directed this and this comes through in every frame. An honest depiction of labour exploitation (i.e. sex work), gender politics and working class solidarity without ever being didactic. The main character even asks the brothel pimp, "Ever heard of surplus value?"

    Sweet, funny and often uncomfortable. Does confirm the worst kind of guy is the dude who thinks he's smarter and more intellectual than everyone else but still treats women like shit.

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    The Wind Will Carry Us

    I don't know if it's age or the point I'm at in my life, but rewatching this (on the big screen!), I felt more pained by Behzad's callousness towards almost everyone this time around. I also forgot how throwaway the ending was. The long-anticipated death that kept them in the village for weeks finally happens, and, much like life, it passes as fleetingly as a breath vanishing in fog.

    My pain was for Behzad, but it was also for myself, for the many times I have often wished to be somewherelse or at anyotherplace, even as I was missing the here and now.

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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★½

    One of those films that's difficult to criticise because it tackles Very Important subject matter: systemic racism and injustice. But tbh it is just... ok. A clear divide is drawn between the two sides: the collective rage of the Mangrove Nine vs. the violence of the police, so egregious as to be cartoonish in its portrayal of evil. The film denounces, but it doesn't problematise on both sides. It has none of the depth or breadth that felt submerged beneath…

  • Yearning

    Yearning

    ★★★★½

    Yearning for a film that will lob a slingshot of emotion into your heart by its conclusion? Well, leave it to Naruse, who to me understands the depths of great feeling. I was reading about how Kurosawa, who named Naruse as his favourite director, said his films are "like a deep river with a quiet surface disguising a fast-raging current underneath". I can't think of a more perfect description for what it feels like to watch Naruse. I've only seen…