• Sound! Euphonium the Movie - May the Melody Reach You!

    Sound! Euphonium the Movie - May the Melody Reach You!

    ★★★★★

    [log for the second season of Sound! Euphonium, I'll get around to reviewing the actual recap movie sometime later. technically part of my rewatch of the show, but I'm not counting it as such on here.]

    "Hibike! Euphonium. I'll never forget how warm it sounds."

    Naoko Yamada, you have directed four of my favourite films and three of my favourite shows. Isao Takahata is the only person who has done more than that, but even he hasn't directed something as…

  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★½

    "Maybe he loves you? Why not? He is like Dogs. A Dog looks at you, wants to talk, and only barks."

    Nowhere near as indulgent as , but at least twice as tragic. For a while it may seem like Gelsomina or The Fool are the center of the tragedy, but the film closes with Zampanò and his overwhelming regret, sorrow, and loneliness. He let his only chance of love, warmth, and happiness slip through his grasp, never appreciating the…

  • Crisis

    Crisis

    ★★★

    The first half of Kris may indulge in “lighter” melodrama unusual for an Ingmar Bergman film, but the second half carries the same dread and depressed tone that would go on to define his later work, particularly his relationship dramas. The tonal shift around that halfway point is abrupt, which leads to a messiness that bleeds into a compact script bursting with characters, and I’m not sure Bergman knew what to do with every single one of them. While Jack and…

  • Urusei Yatsura 5: The Final Chapter

    Urusei Yatsura 5: The Final Chapter

    ★★★½

    "I'll never forget!"

    An unstoppable force (Lum) and an immovable object (Ataru) clash for the final time in this series finale. While The Final Chapter is easily the least outlandish Urusei Yatsura film, the dramatic stakes give it the punch it needs, and it ends up being a mostly satisfying conclusion to one of my favourite discoveries of 2021. My fear was that the series would gradually lose its identity and go out with a whimper, but The Final Chapter

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★★

    “Frightening, isn’t it? The cursed destiny of a man. What a mix of cruelty and laughter it is!”

    The interviews weren’t necessarily my favourite part, but they really highlighted the strengths of the film (openness, sincerity, empathy, etc), and I can assume they were genuinely informative and educational for the time. I can’t think of another film that integrated real world interviews where the interviewer wasn’t the least bit patronizing, where all the power and uh, pride, was in the palms…

  • Aparajito

    Aparajito

    ★★★★★

    I think it speaks to the nature of this trilogy that Aparajito is quite possibly the most standalone middle chapter you'll find in any narratively linked trilogy. It certainly doesn't feel like a middle chapter, instead it's just another chapter in Apu's life. It starts shortly after where Pather Panchali leaves off but prior knowledge of that isn't totally necessary, and the film ends on a familiar note with Apu continuing down his path of life. While it is probably…

  • Sound! Euphonium the Movie - Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band

    Sound! Euphonium the Movie - Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band

    ★★½

    It is what it is, and it’s definitely a recap movie. Taking a 10/10 season and condensing it into movie form means editing a lot of 10/10 material out and so the end product was simply never going to be a 10/10 movie. I knew that going in and had limited expectations, so I’m not surprised by how inferior this is to the full season nor am I particularly upset that they all but removed some of my favourite subplots.…

  • Sound! Euphonium: Ready, Set, Monaka

    Sound! Euphonium: Ready, Set, Monaka

    ★★★★½

    Much like a tuba supporting the ensemble, this OVA supports the first season of Sound! Euphonium, so much so that I almost wish it aired with the rest of the episodes. I understand why an episode running congruent with the season finale might be cut for both narrative momentum and clarity, but I consider this to be essential from a character perspective. Katou isn’t even one of my favourite characters, but this OVA centred around her would be in my top…

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★★★

    Almost the antithesis to Raiders while matching its predecessor with its stakes and exciting set pieces, Temple of Doom is for my money Spielberg's most fun movie. Lucas gross-out humour has never been my thing, but Spielberg makes a lot of what I've never liked about his writing work. A movie of extremes, which has clearly rubbed some the wrong way and will continue to do so, but that's what make this the weirdest and most interesting Indy film to…

  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★★★

    In ten, idk, maybe fifteen years this will be hailed as one of the greatest action films (or franchises 👀) of the twenty-first century - not the john wicks of the world. nothing I could’ve done as far as seeing this in theatres, but I think watching it another ten times at home should make up for that.

  • Tokyo Twilight

    Tokyo Twilight

    ★★★★★

    Growing up as the youngest child, being born in another country from my siblings, and being raised by a different culture meant that I was the last to fully realize just how false many of the stories my parents would tell us were. As I get older, the more it feels like they've hidden away this whole other life I wasn't a part of, and so much of that history illuminates why we as a family have always been at…

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★½

    Not without some merit, but Shyamalan’s sense of humour wasn’t strong enough to hold my attention through such a tedious first hour (I guessed the twist immediately). Some of the visual comedy is played really nicely, but as a whole the lighter, quirky tone clashes with the forced melodrama in a way that lessens both the emotional arcs of the characters and the impact of what little terror there is. There’s some genuinely fantastic material to work with here, but…