Shoplifters (Japan, 2018)

About halfway through Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes winner, Shoplifters, a simple question is met by an unexpectedly harrowing answer. The middle-aged, unemployed Osamu (Lily Franky) asks his daughter Aki (Mayu Matsuoka) what she thinks keeps […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Yappie – YouTube Original Web Series (USA, 2018)

A word that can mean two very different things in a romantic setting is ‘safe;’ it is either the affirmation of attachment (as in “you make me feel safe”) or the alternate for ‘boring’ (as […]

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on Jun, 26 · in Reviews

The Chinese Exclusion Act (USA, 2018)

At the historic completion of the construction of the Transcontinental Railway in 1869, Promontory, Utah, the Chinese laborers who did the majority of the work in the West were not allowed in the famous Golden […]

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on Jun, 24 · in Reviews

Parachute Homes: Maineland & Where Are You From (Both USA, 2017)

“Parachute Kids” is a term that denotes “children sent to a new country to live alone or with a caregiver while their parents remain in their home country,” at least according to Urban Dictionary.[1] The […]

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on Jun, 03 · in Features

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