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  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Yi Yi
  • The Human Condition
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

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  • Central Station

  • Before Sunrise

  • American Psycho

    ★★★★

  • Samsara

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  • Children of the Beehive

    Children of the Beehive

    A powerful film about the forgotten voices of war: what is your home if you have nowhere to go? In Shimizu's signature style, Children of the Beehive carries hope through hardship; using sequences such as the visit to post-bomb Hiroshima not only to lament its destruction, but to envision a prosperous New Japan free from military vices.

    Though one should note that - as an early film produced under American occupation and subjected to censorship board editing - Shimizu's ultimate message does not dilute. The 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings marks an apt time to hear the Beehive's voices: as strong as ever.

  • An Inn at Osaka

    An Inn at Osaka

    The ruthless nature of the corporate ladder; the unheard voices of the female working underclass; the choice between money or morality in a postwar world. Written shortly after the end of American occupation, An Inn at Osaka looks sharply away from the publicity of a refashioned Japan, capturing instead a Shōwa society torn over its unchanged ways and norms of old. Managing to find hope from the story's melancholic truthfulness, Gosho's first major release in an independent Japan delivers powerful questions over his world with suprising weight and urgency. An essential film which fully deserves its place amongst the "Golden Age" of 50's Japanese cinema.

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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    I studied through an entire history degree without seeing this film once - what the hell was I thinking?

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★½

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

    The sub-plot about the nurse/doctor relationship was forgettable. But everything else, the cinematography, pacing, and casting (a nice change of pace to see Jim Carrey in something that isn't another mediocre comedy), felt perfect.

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is easily up there with Lost in Translation, as one of the best Romance films that I've ever seen.