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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America 1984

    Added 5

    safe to say I'll have no coherent thoughts on this for a while, but I will say that it's not a movie I took at face value - the location of the ringing phone, for one thing, suggests that what we're seeing isn't the whole story, or at least it's not an entirely accurate account of it.

  • The Mission

    The Mission 1999

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 May, 2015

    was convinced this would end with a sparkler cigarette

  • The Second Game

    The Second Game 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    pre revolution, pre back-pass rule

  • The World

    The World 2004

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 May, 2015

    "see the world without leaving Beijing" is such a depressing sentence, for so many reasons - all of which are why this film is so great, imo

  • That Day

    That Day 2003

    Watched 20 May, 2015

    my first Ruiz, and so much to comprehend that it's hard to know where to start - such an odd, freewheeling movie, as richly detailed as it is morbidly hilarious. Ruiz will almost definitely be a major filmmaker for me - but what can follow this?

  • No No Sleep

    No No Sleep 2015

    Watched 18 May, 2015

    Tsai's "Walker" series represents maybe his finest work, or at least the work of his I find myself thinking about most often.

    tentative ranking of the "Walker" films:
    7. Walking on Water
    6. Diamond Sutra
    5. Walker
    4. Journey To The West
    3. No No Sleep
    2. Sleepwalk
    1. No Form

  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 May, 2015

    favourite detail: the "sea bream" that the father puts in the pool. The fish are very much alive later on in the day (so presumably no chlorine), so are they really sea bream, or is this a salt water pool? There are freshwater bream, but these ones are specifically referred to as "sea" bream. Salt water would explain why the kids always wear goggles/swimming caps but, obviously, it's a weird thing to fill a pool with.

  • Three Days

    Three Days 1992

    Watched 07 May, 2015

    the peripheral narrative and minimal dialogue allows Bartas the space to explore and express the state of mind of young people with no place in a world evolving without them - similar vibe to Pedro Costa (especially Ossos), and reminiscent to a lesser extent of Tarkovsky and Antonioni. Big fan.

  • Boarding Gate

    Boarding Gate 2007

    Watched 06 May, 2015

    "this is 1000 US dollars in Hong Kong dollars"

    international characters living and working in foreign countries, each fluent in multiple languages, with access to numerous currencies, and able to travel at will between continents. Has the world ever felt so small?

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★ Watched 05 May, 2015

    all Elizabeth Olsen everything

  • Tokyo Sonata

    Tokyo Sonata 2008

    Watched 04 May, 2015

    an exhaustive, devastating, beautiful study of the family unit, how fragile it all is, and how much it's worth fighting for - somehow sadder and scarier than both Pulse and Cure, if only because Kiyoshi Kurosawa is so good at quietly building tension that the destruction of this family still feels sudden, even though it's right in front of you from the opening shot.

  • Rocky

    Rocky 1976

    Watched 02 May, 2015

    cool shot of Rocky punching meat on TV, camera tracks back to show Apollo counting his money.

    "Hey Champ, you should come look at this boy you're gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business."
    "Yeah, yeah. I mean business too."