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Film: Greenberg

November 30, 2010

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Greenberg Directed by Noah Baumbach (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2 Roger Greenberg is trying his best to keep calm and to stay under control. After all, it’s never easy stepping back into the flow of society after being locked up in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown. He does alright, but there are times when […]

Film: Harvie Krumpet

November 30, 2010

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Harvie Krumpet Directed by Adam Elliot (2003) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Three words to describe Adam Elliot‘s (master of clay animation) 22 min and 7 sec film Harvie Krumpet: sardonic and poignant. This Academy Award winning short film follows the title character, a naïve but optimistic Polish who ends up in Australia, and his unlucky life. […]

Film: The Squid and the Whale

November 29, 2010

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The Squid and the Whale Directed by Noah Baumbach (2005) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Indie films always works its magic on me. Maybe it’s because I’m an artsy type of person, looking for some meaning so complex it’s impossible to find and comprehend. Or maybe I just simply enjoy the complicated blend of emotions these films […]

Film: 告白 (Confessions)

November 28, 2010

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告白 (Confessions) Directed by 中島哲也 (Tetsuya Nakashima) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Despite having already read the book (read my review of the novel here) and knowing fully well what was coming, I was still shocked. Confessions is a disturbing film, a morbid film and what happens is mind-blowing. It is disheartening, scary even, to see […]

Book: 告白 (Confessions)

November 28, 2010

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告白 (Confessions) Author: 湊かなえ (Kanae Minato) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ Confessions has consistently been one of the most talked about books in Japan this year. It has won numerous awards and boasts to be one of the best mystery thrillers ever written. Is it one of the best? No, but what newcomer Kanae Minato delivers […]

Book: おやすみプンプン7 (Goodnight Punpun 7)

November 27, 2010

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おやすみプンプン7 (Goodnight Punpun 7) Author: 浅野いにお (Inio Asano) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Inio Asano is my favourite manga-ka (along with Naoki Urasawa). His most famous work is probably Solanin, which was recently made into a film earlier this year. His stories are strongly character driven and highly realistic. But what makes this particular series stand […]

Film: Most (The Bridge)

November 26, 2010

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  Most (The Bridge) Directed by Bobby Garabedian (2003) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Most (aka The Bridge) is a short film that runs for only 29 minutes, but will rank among the most powerful and moving films you’ll ever watch. Set in Czech Republic, it concerns a single father working at a railroad bridge, and his […]