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  • Three

    Three 2016

    ★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jun, 2016

    One of the go-to cliches for describing Johnnie To’s filmmaking is to say that he’s as precise as a surgeon, Three asks whether or not that’s a compliment. Dr. Tong (Zhao Wei) is an exceptionally talented alpha-woman, the kind of person who says things like “I don’t believe in luck.” Inspector Chen (Louis Koo) is a cop in the mold of loose cannons from American movies, the kind of person who says things like “we break the law to enforce…

  • Cat in the Brain

    Cat in the Brain 1990

    ★★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2016

    You know a Fulci killshot when you see one: lumps of flesh rip away from a victim’s body in clumps, like clay off of the block. Sometimes you get a movie like The Beyond, which melts all that violent mayhem into an aesthetic mania. But usually you just get blood. Cat in the Brain bottles it all up. Fulci plays himself in a narrative that allows for both replays and recreations of the goriest scenes in his then-recent films; they…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015 1

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.