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Book: 白夜行 (Byakuyakō)

March 10, 2011

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白夜行 (Byakuyakō) Author: 東野圭吾 (Keigo Higashino) (1999) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Higashino is being labeled as the next Stieg Larsson and justifiably so. His mystery novels have consistently topped the charts of Japan, often ending up at the top of the most-sold and most-liked rankings. 白夜行 (Byakuyakō) was my first read of his novels and I […]

Film: How to Train Your Dragon

January 18, 2011

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How to Train Your Dragon Directed by Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Well done, DreamWorks. When you set your mind to it, you can create good animation films, despite being under the gigantic shadow of Pixar most of the time. How to Train Your Dragon is an excellent and enjoyable film […]

Film: High School Musical

January 18, 2011

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High School Musical Directed by Kenny Ortega (2006) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Confession: I like High School Musical a lot; not just the first but all three. Does it have cheesy dialogue and unrealistic romantic storylines? Yes. But what it does have are catchy songs, which greatly appealed to the singer in me. Yes, I sang […]

Film: Four Weddings and a Funeral

January 2, 2011

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Four Weddings and a Funeral Directed by Mike Newell (1994) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 This delightful British romantic comedy kicked off Hugh Grant’s career and rightfully so. There’s something about him that is highly enjoyable to watch; we laugh at his witty remarks, we cringe when he is clumsy and makes stupid mistakes, we are happy […]

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 […]

Film: Kill Bill: Vol. 2

December 19, 2010

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Directed by Quentin Tarantino (2004) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Was I satisfied with the finale of Tarantino’s epic 4-hour Kill Bill (I combine Vol. 1 and 2 because you can’t watch one volume and not watch the other; it’s the same as watching just half of any film)? Yes. Did Vol. 2 […]

Film: Keeping Mum

December 5, 2010

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Keeping Mum Directed by Niall Johnson (2005) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 It’s hard to find a bad British comedy film; somehow their blood is flowing with the necessary ingenuity to generate laughter. It was my second time watching the black comedy film Keeping Mum, yet I enjoyed it both times. It starts off with the condemnation […]