Bijou Blog

Creative and critical movie writing from the Ped Mall to the moon!

Regular features on the Bijou Blog include reviews, personal and critical essays, creative work, coverage of the True/False film festival, our Youtube Cine-Club, and more! Open to the public for submissions! Submit to bijoubloggers@gmail.com using the format:

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Scene from Magnolia

A Long Farewell

Tom Cruise as Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia

Goodbye Stranger

Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) embrace after a dogfight.

Playing With The Boys

Daniel Kaluuya in the 2022 film "Nope"

Bijou's Best of 2022

The Monkees as they appear in Head

Why Head Matters

Young Sophie (Frankie Corio) sits and reads while Calum (Paul Mescal) removes his cast in the bathroom.

Tender is the Ghost, the Ghost I Love Most

Once a year, when my mind finally catches up with my sprinting body, I check my mother’s Facebook. Navigating her page has the same numbing reflexiveness as reciting the national anthem. I dash around the “remembering” logo, go to the photo album, and watch my life unfold before me.
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Promare: Flames of Empathy

In one of the most striking scenes of Promare (2019), the first feature-length film from Japanese studio Trigger, the city of Promepolis is under attack. The city’s dull gray buildings, reduced to lifeless shapes under a moon-and-starless night, have suddenly erupted into eye-burning neon fire.