I don't care about the Oscars. I don't watch those movies. I'd rather watch the Independent Spirit Awards. That's where a movie like this might show up. Unpredictable, charming, lots of interesting characters. Being a film nerd, it had plenty of references for me to enjoy.
I'm in film school, so naturally I love this behind-the-scenes take on making a film. Brutal finale. As with most Japanese piece on MUBI, the culture and personality traits of young Tokyoites shine through.
When you make a movie about a movie you can get away with a few things: rampant romance tropes, cliché subplots, blatant self-reference, and maybe even murder. "Who's Camus Anyway?" stands on the titular author's philosophical novel "The Stranger," in which a man murders without apparent reason. Was the act sane? Insane? Was it right? Wrong? ->
Fun pseudo-noir that's a joy for film buffs. This is one of my favorite kinds of movies, a flick with a lot of distinct characters having conversations about things they enjoy. Plus the "campus film" aspect I really enjoyed.
"You should start making films again. At least while I am alive." says the chef in the restaurant to the old director no longer making movies. Lots of wonderful details in this movie like the woman casting dancing shadows on the wall as she walks down the street and a brief refrain of classical music plays. The blood on the tatami mats was also amazing.