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  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2015

    Pretty hilarious that this is probably the best cinematic depiction of video gaming considering that it 1) came out in 1999, 2) barely resembles video games or anything anyone would want to play at any time, ever, and 3) seems to have more to say about how movies work. However, the whole thing about Pikul not saying the things he wants to say but has to say to advance the game finds hilarious prescience, especially with one of the complaints…

  • Korengal

    Korengal 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    The cerebral brother to RESTREPO’s more visceral, intense depiction. Here we have soldiers reflecting on their experiences, their mental states, and their thought processes interspersed with footage of them trying to navigate possibly the most hostile place in the world for an American soldier. It’s striking as a historical document and the footage, again, is indispensable, but the film meanders and can get strangely dull for long periods as it starts to repeat itself a little. Despite this, though, it’s still great to see a war documentary that focuses on the soldier.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low 1963

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2013

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Drug War

    Drug War 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    My first Johnnie To and I'm very, very impressed. A supremely tightly constructed thriller (possibly one of the tightest I've ever seen) which wastes not a single breath in setting up the pieces and putting them at odds with each other. It's so ruthlessly efficient that it's easy to look over the intelligence that's going on underneath, too, all culminating in a brutal, visceral final shootout that not only is an exercise in cleanly shot, thrilling action but a true…