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  • Story of a Prostitute

    Story of a Prostitute

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I must admit, Seijun Suzuki's over-stylized and comic booky flicks have not been my cup of tea. They aren't bad, just nothing I was over the moon for. And his knack for making “incomprehensible films” actually got him fired from Nikkatsu Studios. So, to say this movie blindsided me would be an understatement - Prostitute is more spiritual and cerebral, and less incomprehensible than anything I'd seen from the director. It's still visually stylized and audacious, but you now find…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    I love comics and superhero movies; I love the over-the-top action and drama; the color and the jaw dropping spectacle. Logan however eschews the colorful costumes and grounds its story in pain and loss. It succeeds because I believed in its humanity… as well as its inhumanity, which was palpably real. And unlike The Wolverine it didn’t sacrifice the 'real' it built up for a silly, ill fitting ending.

    Logan's a brutal picture (as it should be, these two have…

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  • PUPARIA

    PUPARIA

    ★★★★★

    I don't know what Shingo Tamagawa is trying to say here, or if he's trying to say anything at all. Sometimes animation, art, doesn't need an easy to digest story, it just needs to be beautiful, or ugly, or shocking, or moving, or whatever. All I know was that I was left breathless and bedazzled over the mind-blowing details, the design, the colors, and the look in those eyes... those piercing, soulful eyes.

    It runs under 3 minutes, and it…

  • Shanghai Noon

    Shanghai Noon

    ★★★½

    "John Wayne? (laughs) That's a terrible cowboy name." - Roy O'Bannon to Chon Wang

    I believe I first saw this on my birthday in 2000. It came out on May 26th, the 27th fell on a Saturday, so dinner and movie sound's about right. Now, I wasn't particularly a big Jackie Chan fan and was not overly knocked-out by his last buddy movie (Rush Hour, it was ok). I think it was just a matter of being the only new…

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  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    One-Eyed Jacks isn’t a universally hailed western like say a Stagecoach or High Noon. But it has its devoted fans, and I number myself among them. The film has been in a sorry state for decades, so I was elated when I found out that Criterion was releasing a restored version of Brando’s lone directorial effort. And when I hit play I was blown away. They did a beautiful job. Though I’ve seen the picture at least a half dozen…

  • Lilith

    Lilith

    ★★★

    Oh if only Warren Beatty had been a stronger actor, and was able to bring some nuance to the part of Vincent - the war vet who takes a job at a sanitarium and gets too involved with a female patient. If he was able to convey the idea of a man going from point A to point B during the course of the film – and gradually falling to ruin after betraying his core principals - this movie might…