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  • In the Mood for Love
  • Crash
  • Tokyo Story
  • The Master

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  • Black Bear

    ★★★

  • The Meetings of Anna

    ★★★★½

  • Shaolin Temple

    ★★★½

  • Dragon Inn

    ★★★★½

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  • The Meetings of Anna

    The Meetings of Anna

    ★★★★½

    Watching the scene with her mother made me deeply sad. Paraphrased:

    "I won't always be with you."
    "Yes, you will."

    Decades later, Akerman made a documentary about her mother right before her mother died. A little over a year later, Akerman took her own life. So I watched Anna moving through a homogenous Europe, yearning for connection, and I of course saw Chantal Akerman making a movie about another female director. About herself. From all accounts she had a deep…

  • Shaolin Temple

    Shaolin Temple

    ★★★½

    It's a really long (but not boring) training montage with a grand, bloody, tragic fight scene at the end but it's a delight despite the simplicity. Jampacked with star power, too. There aren't a lot of people who can outshine David Chiang, but Alexander Fu Sheng as Fang Shih-Yu -- Fong Sai-yuk for those of us who started watching Hong Kong movies in the 90s -- is one of them.

    I preferred this to Five Shaolin Masters, to which this…

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★

    Absolutely savage, and Rian Johnson has the best lucky timing in the world. Pause, look over at Twitter, return to the review. It’s a good movie and then there’s this bravura second act which is a) breathtaking and b) an absolute showcase for one particular actor, and then Johnson and the cast is just on fire for what seems like the entire third act.

    Johnson said recently that “I set out to make a big show with these movies and…

  • Anguish

    Anguish

    ★★★★

    Awesome movie about mental illness and occult horror, anchored by great acting. Or maybe it's an indie drama about mother/daughter relationships? Hard to say.