That’s A Wrap at HIFF

At the 37th Hawaii International Film Festival I watched a total of three films, including, Glass Garden (2017), Downsizing (2017), and The Endless (2017). I decided to watch Glass Garden because it seemed like it had an interesting and unique narrative, and I was excited to see how Yun Ji-woon, the cinematographer, captured nature and … [Read…]

The Endless

Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, the science fiction thriller The Endless (2017) follows Justin and Aaron, brothers, as they return to a cult they escaped as children after receiving a mysterious video message from the camp. As they spend a few nights with the cult, Justin and Aaron start to find that … [Read…]


The election that will live in infamy, regardless of who ran and who won, the infamy was on the American people.  11/8/2016 is a documentary that follows Americans of different backgrounds, genders and race, all residing in different states on election day 2016. Did the film show Hillary supporters crying, yes.  Did the film show … [Read…]


The science fiction comedy-drama film Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne, is about a procedure humans can undergo to shrink their entire body and start life in a new community. The initial idea for the procedure was to help mankind reduce the amount of trash, waste, and energy used by regular sized humans, and in time … [Read…]

Pain, Pleasure, and Depravity

Ichi the Killer is not a documentary.  The film’s use of violence and sadism earned itself on list of banned movies in Norway, Germany, and Malaysia. Ichi the Killer is an ultra-violent, gory, and morally disturbing movie based off  Hideo Yamamoto’s manga series, Ichi the Killer.  The film was originally released in 2001.  The film … [Read…]

Glass Garden

The South Korean mystery drama Glass Garden (2017), directed by Shin Su-won, follows Jae-yeon, a promising researcher with a disabled leg and the ability to communicate with nature. After Jae-yeon’s professor and colleague turn their backs on her and her research, she decides to retreat into a glass garden in the middle of the forest … [Read…]

Last But Not Least: Wrapping Up HIFF #37

During the 2017 Oahu Hawaii International Film Festival I viewed three amazing films! I chose these specific films due to my high interest in history, environmental sustainability and politics. World War II has always fascinated me, and living in O’ahu has only intensified my curiosity over this rich, mostly untold (media) history about Japanese and … [Read…]

HIFF 2017: Wrap Up

This year at HIFF, I had the privilege to watch four films: Lady Bird, I, Tonya, The Tea Explorer, and Go For Broke: An Origin Story.  The film I enjoyed the most was I, Tonya, because of the spectacular acting, well delivered jokes and humor. As an overall experience, I definitely enjoyed Go For Broke the most, as … [Read…]

HIFF 2017: Go For Broke: An Origin Story

“…but will they tell us what ‘go for broke’ even means?”, my friend asks as we sit down for the closing night film for HIFF, Go For Broke. I was in shock, as I had grown up learning about Japanese internment and the 442nd Regiment’s motto. She told me in her New Jersey schools, they learned … [Read…]