Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

Blue Spring (Aoi haru) Japan (2001) Dir. Toshiaki Toyoda School was hard, at least for me - bullied, unable to keep up with others - but if this film is any indication, and I hope it isn’t, I got off very lightly compared to the sheer horror on display here courtesy of a group of … Continue reading Blue Spring (Aoi haru)

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The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (Manyeo) Korea (2018) Dir. Park Hoon-Jung Growing up is hard at the best of times, especially when we hit our teens and begin to develop our identities that will take us into adulthood. Now imagine that you discover one day that your life has been a lie - … Continue reading The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?)

Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?) Japan (2017) Dirs. Akiyuki Shinbo & Nobuyuki Takeuchi How many chances do we need to get something right? Or should we just let fate be and take whatever hand it deals us regardless of how painful or problematic the outcome may be? Amazingly, I … Continue reading Fireworks (Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?)