Browsing All Posts filed under »4.5-stars«

Film: Never Let Me Go

March 9, 2011


Never Let Me Go Directed by Mark Romanek (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which was voted by TIME as the best book of the past decade, Never Let Me Go is a tale, a love story of three friends: Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. We observe and follow their lives, from Kathy’s […]

Film: Animal Kingdom

February 3, 2011


Animal Kingdom Directed by David Michôd (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 David Michôd’s solid crime thriller from Australia lives up to all the hype and critical acclaim already lavished upon it. Not only does Animal Kingdom contain astounding performances, it is also perfectly paced with an engaging plot that isn’t overdone and stays true to the […]

Book: Jane Eyre

January 18, 2011


Jane Eyre Author: Charlotte Brontë (1847) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Charlotte Brontë’s writing is so intricately structured, conveying clearly even the smallest of emotions to the reader. There is a stronger sense of relatable intimacy with the characters, which makes Jane Eyre a highly enjoyable and emotion-provoking read. Horrifyingly ill-treated as a child and eventually sent […]

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

December 19, 2010


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, […]

Book: 鋼の錬金術師27 (Fullmetal Alchemist 27)

December 9, 2010


鋼の錬金術師27 (Fullmetal Alchemist 27) Author: 荒川弘 (Hiromu Arakawa) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 I can’t believe it’s all over. I remember when I read the first volume of Fullmetal Alchemist and was wowed by everything that unfolded; the lovable and strong-hearted characters, the intense fight scenes, the emotional and tear-jerking moments. The long journey of the […]

Film: The Squid and the Whale

November 29, 2010


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: Pride and Prejudice

November 25, 2010


Pride and Prejudice Directed by Joe Wright (2005) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 Pride and Prejudice, the novel’s latest adaptation by Joe Wright, is a delightfully charming film that surprisingly works well for its limited runtime of 129 minutes. I will not compare this film with the ever-faithful, ever-acclaimed 1995 television serial (read my review here), for […]