Today I Watched (and Re-Watched Part of): Koe no Katachi (Yamada Naoko, 2016)

A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi, dir. Yamada Naoko, 2016)

“Yamada’s creative direction shows a filmmaker with a distinctive way of looking at the world, following in the footsteps of other maverick Japanese talents like Ozu, Kitano and Miyazaki.” —Trevor Johnston

“Firstly this is a film that depicts a story in which ‘a boy practices how to live’, but another focal point other than the previously mentioned ‘film about sound’ is ‘a work that allows you to experience the memories and sensations of another person’. This was another aspect that was thought about when making the film. So I would like people not just to enjoy the story’s content and meaning. There is something that rises from the film, something that you can’t quite grasp. I would like the various people watching to accept and understand this as part of an individual and personal viewing experience.” —Yamada Naoko

Score: 8 to 8+ out of 10.

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Today I Watched: 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg, 2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane (dir. Dan Trachtenberg, 2016)

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Score: 7− to 7 out of 10.

Today I Watched: Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)

Sing Street (dir. John Carney, 2016)

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Score: 7½ to 8− out of 10.

Today I Watched: I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Oz Perkins, 2016)

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (dir. Osgood Perkins, 2016)

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Score: 7− out of 10.

Today I Watched: The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016)

The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016)

Score: 6½ to 7− out of 10.

Today I Sorta Re-Watched: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (dir. Gareth Edwards, 2016)

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Score: 4− out of 10.

Today I Watched: Hail, Caesar! (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2016)

Hail, Caesar! (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen, 2016)

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Score: 7½ to 8− out of 10.