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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Ugetsu

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  • Le Trou

    ★★★★½

  • Melinda and Melinda

    ★★★

  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    ★★★½

  • Palm Springs

    ★★★½

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  • The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

    The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

    ★★★½

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

    I assume everyone interested in Elina Psykou's debut must have already seen Greek Weird Wave's entry point, Kynodontas, so beware of spoilers if you haven't. Whereas Dogtooth ends with one of the daughters boldly getting into a trunk to escape her parents' house, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas begins with the title character, a famous TV anchor, oddly getting inside a trunk to escape the public scrutiny. Curiously, actor Christos Stergioglou plays both the driver/father in Dogtooth and the…

  • The Wild Goose Lake

    The Wild Goose Lake

    ★★★½

    Set in the slums of the city of Wuhan (yes), this is a super-stylized film noir, drenched in blood and neon lights, brimming with inventive editing and compositions, and boasting meticulous attention to sensory detail. Unfortunately, Yi'nan Diao chooses to keep the audience at arms' length from the characters' emotions, thus making us much more invested in the nocturnal mood of the picture than with anything else. This staunchly unromantic approach could work if the movie attempted to reach for…

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  • The Great Mystical Circus

    The Great Mystical Circus

    Cacá Diegues estava na sessão em que assisti ao filme e sinceramente me perguntei se ele estava rindo da plateia enquanto os 100 anos da vida desta família circense se descortinavam em frente aos espectadores e ficava cada vez mais patente que a viagem no tempo não apenas não fazia qualquer pouso demorado e compreensivo em qualquer década da história brasileira do século passado, tampouco se propunha a alcançar um ponto de chegada conclusivo que arrematasse o filme num argumento…

  • The Human Factor

    The Human Factor

    ★★★½

    A spy movie populated with boring, lonely, and disgusting bureaucrats. And a cold war movie released in the critical year of 1979, mind you. Just a few years after Portugal's former colonies gained independence through communist rebel groups, a few years after Mozambique's capital became known as Maputo instead of Lourenço Marques. A notably tense environment even for characters as British-cold as the bureaucrats portrayed in here.

    Plus, it has a fantastic minimalistic poster.

    Considering how much I've enjoyed Anatomy…