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Film: The Kids Are All Right

December 26, 2010

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The Kids Are All Right Directed by Lisa Cholodenko (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 The Kids Are All Right is a deeply touching, moving family drama. It’s all there; the ups and downs, the rebellious and frustrated teenagers, the arguments between the uptight parents, a third party that threatens to aggravate further the harmonious household. The […]

Book: 劇画漂流 (A Drifting Life)

December 25, 2010

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劇画漂流 (A Drifting Life) Author: 辰巳ヨシヒロ (Yoshihiro Tatsumi) (2008) jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2 Though this acclaimed manga was released in two volumes in Japan, I’ve decided to review it as one whole work. A Drifting Life first caught my attention when the English version was promoted at various bookstores. Upon discovering the praise and acclaim poured […]

Book: アフターダーク (After Dark)

December 25, 2010

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アフターダーク (After Dark) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (2004) jusco’s Rating: ★★ As the title suggests, the real-time events that occur in After Dark take place from just before midnight to dawn the following day. Several characters are introduced: Mari, a college student reading at a family restaurant; Eri, Mari’s sister who has fallen into an […]

Film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

December 22, 2010

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Directed by Guy Ritchie (1998) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ It’s like Snatch‘s twin brother (read my review here), which I guess is understandable considering it’s the same director. Guy Ritchie‘s first film is in typical fashion; bizarre, erratic, whimsical. Once again following several interlinking story arcs, it is a puzzling […]

Film: Snatch

December 22, 2010

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Snatch Directed by Guy Ritchie (2000) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ Snatch is an eccentric, original film that combines both gangster and comedic elements to create a relatively successful and refreshing film (‘original’ is subjective; it’s supposedly too similar to Guy Ritchie‘s previous film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but then again I haven’t seen that […]

Book: ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(下)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 2)

December 19, 2010

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ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(下)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 2) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (1988) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★★ Dance, Dance, Dance is officially my favourite Murakami work. It is one of the most superbly crafted mysteries I’ve read, and easily one of the most enjoyable. Just when you thought things couldn’t advance any faster (read my review of Part 1 […]

Book: ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(上)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 1)

December 19, 2010

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ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(上)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 1) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (1988) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 The Dolphin Hotel. The Sheep Man. The mysterious crying lady. The beautiful young girl. The attractive hotel attendant in glasses. The cautiously optimistic film star. Several prostitutes. The one-armed poet. The nameless narrator. Haruki Murakami’s typical surrealistic elements are abundant in Dance, […]