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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Videodrome
  • Akira

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  • Uzumaki

    ★★★

  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    ★★★★

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★

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  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    ★★★★

    Late Soviet cinema is unparalleled in production design. The costumes alone in this are masterful (do you think I can pull off a black leather jacket over a turtleneck?), not to mention the staggering underground world they built with a clearly limited budget. Ultimately? It’s a bleak view of a nuclear holocaust, but are there any happy takes on the subject?

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★

    If I were clever, I’d write something about Wong Kar-Wai’s relationship with American music, but I’m not that clever.

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  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★★

    The cityscapes alone make this movie amazing, but its prescient themes and outsized influence make Akira not only one if the greatest anime’s of all time, but one of the greatest films period. Revisiting it is always a pleasure!

  • The Do-Over

    The Do-Over

    ★★½

    I’m worried that I kind of like Adam Sandler’s Netflix career