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  • People's Republic of Desire

    People's Republic of Desire

    ★★★½

    Socialism with Chinese characteristics!

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★½

    Watched for the Tom Cruise project but wound up fitting nicely into the hacker project as well. Plenty of great Hollywood Hacking dialogue (Ving Rhames has "top of the line crypto"), but the iconic CIA break-in scene where Cruise rappels down into an ultra-secure computer lab has an air of Truth Through Fiction to it. The team has to employ social engineering (poisoning the technician with security access), gain physical access to the terminal, learn his password, and manually access…

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  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

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

    Punishes its protagonist for the horrible crime of ... exposing frauds and exploiters?

    An attempt at an anthology style horror film with no sense for how to do the wrap around segments, wholly underwhelming with terrible dialogue delivered poorly even by a veteran like Martin Freeman.

    I'll admit to being spooked during the night watchman sequence, but even that drops the ball in its reveal. Whereas the kid who finds a demon and the rest of the jump scare laden…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    Screening at the Harvard Film Archive with Obayashi in person. Best part of the Q&A came when someone asked if Gorgeous was being punished for her treatment of her stepmother or if she was simply a victim of circumstance. Obayashi's cheerful response:

    "All human beings deserve to be punished."