• Kivumvu: Basket Boy

    Kivumvu: Basket Boy

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    random country roulette #7: burundi

    first short film of the series!! honestly i don't want to be mean to a rudimentary industry that is trying despite the lack of resources, but this wasn't much... it was kind of a cute story and the kid saying he wants to transform all prisons into hospitals resonated with me, but every actor's reactions were very over the top. there's some good shots in here though (the one through the bike wheel e.g.) that shows that maybe with the right budget burundi could get out something greater :)

  • Confessions

    Confessions

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    i've read the book this is based on a few days ago and i was extremely excited to watch the adaptation, but this genuinely goes beyond an adaptation. it has such a fitting and distinct style, it amps up the atmosphere and japanese setting of the book to the max. the contrast of the cheerful schoolchildren, the innocence of first love, the jpop playing on tv, with the insidious confessions of the students and teacher. it's just such a wonderful film and it captivated me entirely. also an exceptional use of a soundtrack.

  • Christmas in Paradise

    Christmas in Paradise

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    random country roulette #6: saint kitts and nevis

    most of the time i force myself to watch stuff that is good, i rarely allow myself indulgences and i doubt i've ever watched a hallmark or lifetime movie before. and i've just now realized (at my very big age) just how fun it is to just leave your braincells at the door and have a mindless sweet movie playing in the background while you do chores, instead of being filled with…

  • Changes in the Village

    Changes in the Village

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    random country roulette #5: sri lanka

    i was so overwhelmed by the pressure on myself to watch this as part of my challenge (could not find anything else available) that i've had it open in my tabs bar for 4 months... there's some bits i've found myself enjoying, such as nanda holding her ground, or her relationship with her family, the literary quality of the script, and also quite liked the ending, but there's nothing that i wanted to keep watching it for...

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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    genuinely the most beautifully directed cinematic shots i've seen in my entire life. the framing of most scenes made me want to scream with delight. it's also such a good story to go into blind, while it does jump tonally from the first to the second to the third act, i think it's also the film's strength that it takes you in so many places.

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

    Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

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    all the laughs honestly landed for me even though i did not expect to like someone with ed's personality at all... it was a very fun time. however that makes the emotional moments by default feel a bit rushed and too tonally different and the character conflicts are resolved way too quickly to get to the next step of the adventure. but i've genuinely forgotten when's the last time i loved an adventure movie this much so i'd love more to be made

  • The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

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    gorgeous concept and scenery dwindled by shaky low-budget animation. it's genuinely so unsettling at points. i don't think the songs are tonally pretty, nor that the dialogue is genuine and more than a jumble of quotes, and it's sad because i do believe this had so much potential. it deserves a remake honestly.

  • Elemental

    Elemental

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    puts myself into the corner as a time-out for enjoying this... but you can really tell that this is a personal story that a child of asian immigrants has experienced and wants to tell to the world. i agree that they could have done way more with the elements, have them interact in more creative ways, work on the worldbuilding, but for what it is i think it is an okay story! it's not the most critical piece on immigrant…

  • [REC]

    [REC]

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    zombie stuff aside this has such an enjoyable buildup? i loved angela's reporter persona, from the multiple takes, to the insistency she knows what's goin on at all times, to shutting up people that are not in frame. these types of quirks are possibly why found footage is such a good genre of horror and why it makes it so real and immersive.

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

    The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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

    i think the saddest thing that this movie gets right is how one's idea of happiness for you can shelter you from the act of being alive. your parents wanting the best for you might sanitize your short time on earth. the moon people wanting to free you of your grief and sorrow might instead erase the happy memories that came along with it. any movie that falls under the joy of being alive theme is set to destroy me and this is no less

  • Little Women

    Little Women

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    wonderful story perfect for greta's directing... but something about it feels not tangible enough. it's like it has heart and character and emotion but it cannot leave the screen to touch me too. maybe i'm in need of a rewatch, maybe i struggled to see past actors and into characters, but overall a sweet little movie that deserves it's place in the canon of literary movies

  • Do Revenge

    Do Revenge

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    i think my biggest fault as a person is not finding the gen z dialogue in movies nearly cringe enough as i should