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  • Oasis 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014 2

    As in his recent films, Lee Chang-dong takes what would normally be a Hallmark-friendly premise and takes it deeper and darker than you would expect. He really knows how to put the best and worst of humanity on display without making things seem artificial.

    My problems with the film are that it is a bit too long and it does rely on plot machinations driven by misunderstandings. But I really liked how the story unfolded in parts (particularly the gradual…

  • Extreme Prejudice 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    One of the greatest tough guy character actors casts of all time - certainly of our time. This movie has plenty of grizzle and Rip Torn and Powers Boothe really dig into their characters. There's also enough shooting and explosions here to satisfy anyone and the ending certainly delivers on its Wild Bunch-esque setup (speaking of which, according to this movie, Mexico in 1987 is the same as it was in 1887).

    If only the plot wasn't so needlessly complex and it had better dialogue, this would be a classic 80s action film. Did I mention how awesome Powers Boothe is in this?

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  • The Elephant Man 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2013 6

    I was fortunate enough to see The Elephant Man on the big screen with a 35mm print and it was even better this time around. Being in a theater heightens the emotions of the film that much more and the gorgeous black and white photography is so striking. In fact, I forgot just how hard some of the scenes in this film can hit you. I struggled to hold back tears multiple times.

    I also forgot about the distinctive Lynchian…

  • Kuroneko 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2012 1

    I liked this more than The Naked Island but not nearly as much as Onibaba. That said, Shindo continues to impress me as a director. Kuroneko has some of the best uses of lighting that I have seen in film- whether it's a subtle rendering of a character emerging from darkness or an overt, theatrical spotlight. (The latter makes sense within the context of the film because this is a variation on kabuki.)

    The actors are all fantastic and I…