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Your Name - Makoto Shinkai

Random Thoughts (and Theories) About Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name

Makoto Shinkai’s latest is a thoughtful, winsome, and visually gorgeous film.
Still Walking - Hirokazu Koreeda

Still Walking by Hirokazu Koreeda (Review)

Still Walking explores family drama with grace, and never once slips into Hollywood melodrama.
The Good the Bad the Weird - Kim Ji-woon

The Good, The Bad, The Weird by Kim Ji-Woon (Review)

Kim Ji-woon’s “kimchi western” is all about style as substance.
Summer Wars - Mamoru Hosoda

Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda (Review)

Summer Wars adroitly balances sci-fi geekiness, technology-focused social commentary, and family melodrama.
13 Assassins - Takashi Miike

13 Assassins by Takashi Miike (Review)

I love the idea of a Takashi Miike samurai film, but 13 Assassins just doesn’t live up to its promise.
Ping Pong - Fumihiko Sori

Ping Pong by Fumihiko Sori (Review)

Yes, there’s lots of ping pong, but also a surprisingly nuanced exploration of the thin line between friendship and rivalry.
Ashes of Time Redux - Wong Kar-Wai

Ashes of Time Redux by Wong Kar-Wai (Review)

I’ve yet to see a Wong film that didn’t impress me on some level, but I’ll admit it was difficult to make it through Ashes of Time.
The Sky Crawlers - Mamoru Oshii

The Sky Crawlers by Mamoru Oshii (Review)

Mamoru Oshii’s films are usually more satisfying and challenging than this.
The Call of Cthulhu - Andrew Leman

The Call of Cthulhu by Andrew Leman (Review)

A simply brilliant adaptation of one of the most classic horror stories of all time.
Manos: The Hands of Fate - Harold Warren

Manos: The Hands of Fate Is (Not) a Bad Movie

What kind of “bad-ness” are we really talking about here?
Vexille - Fumihiko Sori

Vexille by Fumihiko Sori (Review)

Vexille’s CGI strives for powerful sci-fi storytelling but frequently lands in the uncanny valley.
JCVD - Mabrouk El Mechri

JCVD by Mabrouk El Mechri (Review)

Part semi-autobiography, part self-exorcism, part post-modern narrative, and a career rejuvenation for Van Damme.


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