This may be my least favorite Studio Ghibli film to date.
It often seems as if an amazing sense of style is all that “A Bittersweet Life” has going for it.
Feels like yet another big budget, special effects-packed movie that seemingly anyone in Hollywood can churn out these days.
Ultimately, the film is a nostalgic and romantic tale of childhood promises and dreams.
A beautiful, nostalgic samurai film that often feels like a retread of The Twilight Samurai… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The film presents a perspective on the Iraq war that is far removed from the talking heads.
As I continue to think about the film’s events, I’ve grown to appreciate it more and more.
Haneke seems to have a pretty dim view of humanity, if this film is any indication.
Kim packs “A Tale of Two Sisters” with atmosphere and tension to spare.
This is a movie you watch purely for the sheer joy of gasping at one insane stunt after another.
Silly, cheesy, and fluffy — and unashamedly so.
I can see how the film would be epic at the time but it’s hard to look past the film’s dated-ness and timely flaws.
I really feel nothing but an ambivalence towards this, the final Star Wars prequel.