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  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★

    ferrara's fixation on making the central crusade in the film a heroic one unfortunately diluted some of its power. i think the refusal to acknowledge the negative social implications of Frank White's mission -- uplifting a community while, and through, enslaving it with drugs -- stifled some potential complexities and nuances in favor of the more traditional moral dilemma of "is a good guy that kills guys still really a good guy?"

    intentional or not, there is a glimpse of…

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★½

    at one point, i'd kind of dismissed Paul Verhoeven. Only having seen Elle (which i thought was just ok), i really didn't know what people saw in his films. i think my dismissal of his work was mainly derived from his status in the film community as a figurehead of the 'vulgar auteurism' movement. claims of his mastery of irony and satire have always been pretty off-putting for me as well. The rhetoric surrounding him seems to suggest that the…

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  • The Terrorizers

    The Terrorizers

    ★★★½

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

    beautiful to watch but i can't say that i extracted anything too meaningful from it. Yang's subjects are all too familiar, he seems drawn to subtle dramas, and the fertile ground of his work is located in the ordinary. when a revelation in the story occurs, or when a beautiful composition is framed, it's only made that much more remarkable by the mundanity that surrounds it.

    if one were to separate the film from its structure and present it as…

  • I'm Sorry Takashi

    I'm Sorry Takashi

    ★★★★★

    it took me a night to make, but the heartbreak is eternal

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPKNcOze__0