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  • Anima

    Anima

    ★★★

    How appropriate that Thom Yorke’s weirdness gets a mostly uninterpretable film to go along with these three tracks from his third solo album.

  • Moron Movies

    Moron Movies

    ★★½

    He would have been a YouTube star, but Len put this series of short concept gags together in the 80’s.  They range from elicitng chuckles, to meh (really the majority), to groans.  But then comes the final (and longest) bit, the amazing King Dong.

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  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★

    “Pierrot?”  
    “My name is Ferdinand.  What?”

    A surreal film noir that generally forgets that it is film noir.  Until it doesn’t and packs in that plot in hyper-speed sequences.  This is a strange one from Jean Luc Godard, but mostly in an enjoyable way.  It helps tremendously that stars Anna Karina and Jean Paul Belmondo are game and super charismatic; it might have been a disaster otherwise.  To talk plot is beside the point, and there are some quite inventive…

  • Coup de Torchon

    Coup de Torchon

    ★★★★

    Very dark adaptation of Jim Thompson’s Pop. 1280 set in French colonial Senegal.  Local head cop Cordier (Phillips Noiret) seems like a pushover, but there might be more than meets the eye.  He’s certainly a huckster, taking bribes from the local pimps, bedding the married Rose (Isabelle Huppert), and generally using his hang dog expressions to get him what he wants.  And oh, how he wants.  Bertrand Tavernier does a really nice job setting up the vileness of the situation…