Love Sick The Series Season 2: Episode 11 Recap

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 11

Love Sick Season 2, Episode 11

Summaries (Spoilers, Obviously) and Comments

Note: I group summaries by story line, not in presentation order. If you want to know how the scenes actually played out in their official sequence, why not follow this link to the episode and watch for yourself?

Continue reading

Advertisements

Review: Dangerous Boys (Thailand: 2014): Youthsploitation for Everyone?

Dangerous Boys (Thailand: 2014)

Dangerous Boys (Thailand: 2014)

Poj Arnon’s youth-oriented Dangerous Boys has a little bit of everything, to the point where it feels like it’s pandering more than telling a story.

Rating
image Continue reading

Review: Still the Water (Japan: 2014): A teenage love story for adults

Still the Water (2014)

Still the Water (2014)

Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water accomplishes something rare: a romance about young people that is clearly targeted to a more sophisticated adult audience that doesn’t rely on melodramatic tropes.  The nuanced characters, verdant natural scenery and rich themes could make this a film worth watching, but it is marred by pacing issues. I wouldn’t blame you if you checked your watch now and again. 

Rating:
image

Continue reading

Suicide Room (Poland: 2011): Run! It’s the Internet!

Suicide Room (2011)

While the premise is interesting and the performances by the leads are strong, it is just too difficult to empathize with the characters in Suicide Room, Jan Komasa’s film about a troubled teen who withdraws to his room. Hikikomori isn’t actually a social problem in Poland that I’m aware of, and I think the director passed over several more interesting stories to theorize on what it would be like if it were. A wealthy, good looking teen throwing it all away might be arresting to watch, if only the protagonist’s most dramatic act for most of the film wasn’t to hide out at home.
Rating
image

Continue reading