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A fascinating movie about various stages of life: childhood, growing up, parenthood. Richard Linklater is one of my favorite directors/screenwriters, and the Before series my all time favorites.

Here’s what actor Ethan Hawke said about the film:

It’s Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor — to watch his voice and body morph — it’s a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being.

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Woody Allen continues his Europe shooting (in French Riviera this time) and provides a beautiful setting to ponder the meaning of life type questions (usual dose of Cole Porter, but also Nietzsche quotes and Beethoven music). I like the haughty rationalist that Colin Firth plays; reminds me of his 1995 BBC Darcy but also Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady.

I think we all need some magic and illusions in our lives.

Here is an interview with Woody Allen about the movie, and here‘s some real magic.

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Begin Again

Begin Again – Music and New York, from the director of Once.

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Interesting short science fiction film by Robert Hloz. Here‘s one review, the reviewer compares it with Death Note.

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The Lunchbox

I enjoy the movie. The message seems to be that it’s never too late to start living life, and an important element is to be able to connect with someone. Sometimes a simple change in environment and some good food are all we need to cheer us up. Taking time to reflect and paying more attention to people around us might also help change our perspectives. 

From the protagonist Saajan Fernandes:

Life is strange…I think we forget things if we have no one to tell them to…


I don’t know when I became old…Maybe it was that morning...maybe it was many many mornings ago...and maybe if I had forgotten something in the bath room before I would have found out sooner…


Life kept on going and lulled me with its motions, I kept rocking back and forth as it threw me left and then it threw me right…and then before I knew it…

From the Dabbawallah:

Harvard people came and did a study on us…we always deliver right they said and you say we deliver wrong?
The king of England has also come, he has seen our delivery system, invited us to his wedding…

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KANO & Dreams

KANO portrays a group of people who pursue their dreams to play baseball at Koshien. It’s the kind of movie that supposed to motivate me to roll up my sleeves and do things. Instead I felt slightly sad after watching it.

Maybe it’s just our tendency to feel nostalgic and to beautify the past, it seems easier to have dreams and ambitions in my 20s than it is now. During school days, future possibilities seem unlimited, and I also seem to have more intense feelings towards things.

Possible paths shrink as we get older. Some might shift their ambition towards their career. My guess is that at some point our drive for that will fade as well, when we realize the transient nature of ourselves.

We would probably adapt to this realization, perhaps by learning to derive pleasure and satisfaction from less ambitious goals, like running a marathon, or from seeing our children pursuing their dreams.

In another 20 years, would I look back and feel the same way like I’m feeling today. If that’s the case does it means I should be doing things differently now.

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Even though it might not be realistic, I like its portrayal of the complexity (or simplicity?) of human emotions and relationships. I can imagine myself experiencing similar emotions.

Sometimes I think I’ve felt everything I’m ever gonna feel and from here on out I’m not going to feel anything new – just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.


It was exciting to see her grow – both of us grow and change together. But then, that’s the hard part – growing without growing apart, or changing without it scaring the other person.


Life is messy, relationship even more so. It’s not a surprise that more and more people are choosing different ways of life. Japan could well be the pioneer.

In the end, there is only so much we understand. But for most people, This’s probably not an issue.

I don’t know, I’m not in it. But you know what, I can over-think everything and find a million ways to doubt myself. But since Charles left I’ve been thinking about that part of me, and I realized I’m here only briefly. And in my time here, I want to allow myself… joy. So fuck it.


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風立ちぬ – Another beautiful anime by Hayao Miyazaki.  It portrays an ideal that I like. The protagonist Jiro is talented, erudite, and dedicated to making his dreams come true. He has a good personality that attracted the heroine. Like most movies, the anime is a simplified abstraction of life. Some people might call it escapist but I see it as a beautiful illusion (like most dreams/aspirations in life). The music reminds me of 天空の城ラピュタ.


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Searching for Sugar Man – an amazing documentary. It shows how luck plays an important role in life. The story is consistent with studies that found that luck plays a part in determining music popularity and labor market outcomes.


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I’m glad I watched this movie in a theater. It’s the kind of movie to be watched slowly. I find it to be a peaceful movie with some truths about life and human nature, accompany  by 久石譲 ‘s beautiful music.

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