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  • What Time Is It There?
  • A Better Tomorrow
  • Miss Lonely
  • Johanna d‘Arc of Mongolia

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  • Ten Tigers of Kwangtung

    ★★★

  • Kikujiro

    ★★★★

  • Executioners from Shaolin

    ★★★

  • The Magnificent Ruffians

    ★★★½

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  • What Time Is It There?

    What Time Is It There?

    ★★★★★

    Rebels has finally been dethroned as my favorite Tsai film after re-watching What Time is it There?. A lot of factors led to that, but it's mainly because it is Tsai's most spiritual, and emotional movie to me. It is a movie about the absence of a father, and how his absence affects every person in the family. It is very telling that Tsai opened the movie with a shot of the father, and ended it with the father. This…

  • Taiga

    Taiga

    ★★★★★

    A phenomenal, extensive anthropological archive of northern Mongolia, and the people who inhabit it. Clocking in at a massive 500 minutes, this was one of the most rewarding cinematic experiences of my life. The main reason being Ulrike Ottinger's ability to capture the majesty of the Taiga, and the unobtrusiveness in how she does it. You always feel like a welcome bystander as her camera slowly pans across snow-capped mountains, lush forests, and the vast steppes, while lingering on the…

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  • Ten Tigers of Kwangtung

    Ten Tigers of Kwangtung

    ★★★

    For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Chang Cheh decided there had to be two storylines in this movie. Especially when one storylines whole purpose is to induce flashbacks to the other storyline. It was incredibly frustrating, especially when the story we keep flashing back to is much, much stronger.

    In a nutshell, we open with a man seeking revenge on the Ten Tigers of Kwangtung as he goes around finding out the story of how they…

  • Kikujiro

    Kikujiro

    ★★★★

    Liked this a tad less the second time watching, but the sheer wholesomeness, in the midst of unbearable situations always wins me over. It really feels like Kitano's version of The Kid, and I love that. My only problem with Kikujiro is the runtime. It's over 2 hours, and it really feels like Kitano is stretching it over the second half. Still though, it is exceptionally wholesome, sweet, and funny, like Kitano's films always seem to be, even when the subject matter is not.

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Here I was born, and there I died. It was only a moment for you; you took no notice.

  • Sunday School Musical

    Sunday School Musical

    ½

    If God was real why does this exist?