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  • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

    ★★★½

    My intro to Guy Maddin, and boy was it interesting.

    An engaging and fascinatingly surreal silent ballet adaptation of Dracula. Still trying to figure out exactly what that's worth to me.

    Zhang Wei-Qiang is stunning as Dracula.

  • Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

    ★★★★

    We could always use more stylish, wildly entertaining, and inventively strange movies like this.

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  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★★★★

    Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his…

  • I Stand Alone

    I Stand Alone

    ★★★★★

    "To each his own Morality. To each his own Justice."

    Gaspar Noe's debut feature film has left my mind racing in stunned chaos. You won't find anything more relentlessly brutal and overwhelmingly bleak, confining itself within the bowels of humanity. Noe's directional techniques are highly experimental; at times he keeps the camera completely stagnant, focusing on expressions and underlying emotions, and at other times moving in anarchic fury, perfectly conveying the raw, hate-fuelled power.

    Following the crash course of a…