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  • Children of the Sea

    Children of the Sea

    ★★★

    I Love Asians 2019, Sydney Film Festival 2019

    I don't think the State Theatre was ready for a 20 minute dream-trip sequence that gave off 2001: A Space Odyssey x Evangelion's third impact x H20: Just Add Water vibes. Aside from that being intensely amusing to me, the entirety of Children of the Sea is just gorgeously drawn and painted eye candy, beautifully coloured and layered together. I have a feeling that the art direction here took up the vast…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    I Love Asians 2019, Sydney Film Festival 2019

    Electric unlike many other films. All sorts of tense, touching, funny and thrilling; practically verges on undefinable in terms of genre. So precisely arranged and choreographed and on top of that Bong Joon-ho still leaves room for far more of the unexpected, which I will not describe but man is it crazy. The screenplay is the standout here, oozing both a clever creativity as well as a penchant for storytelling that unrolls…

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  • And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool

    And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool

    ★★★½

    I Love Asians 2019

    An amazing banger of a short film, rocketing forward for its entire duration and barely slowing down to catch a breath. Like a Love & Pop for a new generation, but this time exchanging the seediness and grime for a more youthfully quirky approach to listlessness. The comparison mainly lies in the editing and the camera angles, where Makoto was clearly inspired by Hideaki Anno yet still manages to build upon his predecessor with his own breed of sugar-sweet energy. Fun, funny and an all round joy to watch, this makes me wonder what other gems are officially available on Vimeo.

  • Manta Ray

    Manta Ray

    ★★

    I Love Asians 2019, Sydney Film Festival 2019

    The sort of film which is so deliberately and overly composed that it mostly feels just unconvincing. Basically Tropical Malady but made very mediocre, attempting to disguise a lack substance underneath a neon aesthetic and thin 'arthouse' veneer. Admittedly, Thai arthouse has been pretty good to me, but that's solely Apichatpong. Flash with no fire,and not particularly good at it either.