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  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • School in the Crosshairs
  • M. Butterfly
  • The Kingdom of the Fairies

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  • Hard Boiled

    ★★★★½

  • Peking Opera Blues

    ★★★½

  • Election 2

    ★★★★½

  • A Chinese Ghost Story

    ★★★½

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  • Peking Opera Blues

    Peking Opera Blues

    ★★★½

    Unfortunately runs out of steam sometimes like Tsui’s movies tend to do, but this is bolstered by some of his most ecstatic bursts of tactile visuals and a heaping helping of themes surrounding performance, gender, politics, etc. Would probably like this more with a dedicated rewatch on the big screen to help appreciate the theatricality.

  • Election 2

    Election 2

    ★★★★½

    Much more heartless than Election, surreal in its depiction of amorality. Freed from the need to establish context thanks to the first film, this digs deep into the ambient dread inherent to organized crime as a lifestyle while also bringing up questions of how the state enables these criminals to use them as tools for their own goals. There’s no mercy, money is only valuable until blood is revealed to be a thousand times more effective at influencing change.

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  • Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

    Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars

    ★★★★★

    Is it just me, or is this a lovably cheesy pulp science fiction masterpiece that also simultaneously is a horrifying existential nightmare about a god that will only save you out of a selfish need to prove how it's the best and only god?

    Probably just me.

    Probably not as enjoyable for those who aren't fans of the show, but as a fan of the show in my youth(12-13 years old), returning to this only solidified my love for this…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    Horrifying. Just... horrifying. Aronofsky really got me with this one. Not only did he manage to grab me on an intellectual level, but also on an emotional one. This movie is going to be hated by many, I know that now. But for me, this is, hands down, the movie of the year. Every shot, cut, and scream is perfectly constructed to make an immersive atmosphere that never relents in it's uncomfortable feeling, and the acting is seriously award worthy.…