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  • Why Don't You Play in Hell? 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2013

    Forget everything I just wrote about Northwest, because Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is the exact opposite of Noer’s bleak urban tale. It’s loud. It’s manic. And it’s some of the most fun I’ve had at a theater in quite some time! Littered with film references that I can only imagine would make Tarantino wet himself in delight, Why Don’t You’s tale of dueling yakuza factions and the filmmakers who find themselves in the middle of it…

  • Northwest 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2013

    How’s your heart? Doing alright? The only reason I ask is because Northwest is most definitely a film to steer clear of for those of you with a bum ticker. The movie is an escalating series of stressful moments that culminates in a near breath-stealing climax. (I shit you not, the tension in my theater was so thick that when the film ended, all the audience could do was sit in stunned silence.) Sporting a beautifully executed crime story that…

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  • Repo Man 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Apr, 2013

    This was my second Repo Man viewing and it was just as crazy, fun, and ridiculous as my first. Estevez and Stanton's weirdly perfect chemistry makes their every minute on screen together absolute bliss. And don't even get me started on Tracy Walter's spacey mechanic Miller, whose stray confessions and observations are either hilarious, thought provoking, or, more often than not, a combination of the two. True, it's not the prettiest of films, but that's kind of the point, isn't…

  • Yojimbo 1961

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Jan, 2012

    I had wanted to show Yojimbo to my girlfriend for a while now (ever since we watched A Fistful of Dollars, actually), so when I saw my chance on Friday night I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity. Yojimbo is a great entrance point into Japanese cinema and the work of Akira Kurosawa, because not only is the film way funnier than it has any right to be, it also features some amazing dialogue and some wonderfully…