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  • The Emperor's Nightingale

    The Emperor's Nightingale

    ★★★★

    Gently moving puppet feature about a Chinese emperor obsessed with clockwork facsimiles of reality. A consistent aesthetic delight (with the exception of the live action bookends), featuring an emotional Boris Karloff voiceover, a creepy singing frog, a beautiful singing bird, and a hilarious sight gag involving a picture of 20 identical sailors. A wholesome night out in my bed with my laptop to distract from the omnipresent depression on my horizon.

  • The Merry Circus

    The Merry Circus

    ★★★½

    Disturbing paper-cutout stop-motion short from Trnka featuring many chaotic scenes of circus animals being abused in the name of entertainment for just long enough that you think Trnka might drop a horrific shoe, but never does.

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  • Churchill

    Churchill

    ★½

    This movie ends with a title card informing the audience who won World War 2.

  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On

    ★★★★★

    "You're just filming this and doing nothing to stop it?"

    " . . . violence is my forte."

    An aging but violent veteran looking for divine redemption beats up other veterans in order to find the truth about possible cannibalization during World War 2 in this ethically dubious, always enthralling, and completely batshit documentary that is even crazier than it sounds.