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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Tenebre
  • The World of Us

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  • The Emperor's New Groove

    ★★★½

  • The Chaser

    ★★★★

  • Day of the Dead: Bloodline

  • Opera

    ★★★½

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

    What do you get when David Lynch directs a remake of an Ingmar Bergman film based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe? You get Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

    This film is the strongest of testaments to Eggers’ abilities as a filmmaker and a writer. The cinematography in this film is second to none. It’s a black-and-white film, but I’ve never seen a film be this black-and-white before. And some of the shots are mind-blowing. There’s a certain monologue by Dafoe…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★

    Deep breath

    Why is this film called Waves?

    What are waves if not incessant, neverending, rhythmic, and powerful? They're beautiful and dangerous. They rise and fall; only to rise once again.

    In a film about the lives of a family going through some things, we see those waves. Tyler, the eldest son and a high school senior, battles disappointment, battles his overbearing father, battles mistake after mistake. And loses.

    Emily, the younger daughter and also a teenager, has her own…

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  • The Emperor's New Groove

    The Emperor's New Groove

    ★★★½

    As far as Disney animated features go, The Emperor's New Groove lies somewhere in the middle. I like the comedy, Kronk is a funny character, and I will never hate on a John Goodman character. But David Spade is kinda hit-or-miss for me, and the music is absolutely forgettable.

    And perhaps worst of all, I couldn't connect to anything heartfelt or sentimental about this one's story. "A selfish kid learns how to be a decent person" is nowhere near as…

  • The Chaser

    The Chaser

    ★★★★

    Absolutely fucking devasting. Bleak, unrelenting in its mood, in its dark vibes, and its vision of an unforgiving world. But that doesn't make it a bad film per se. The action is great, gruesome, and incessant. The performances, especially by Kim Yoon-seok, are astounding, conveying frustration and dread seamlessly and convincingly. I feel his anguish constantly, and the rest of the cast is equally up to the task.

    Not a smile is to be found in the film. The serial…

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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★

    An inventive, one-of-a-kind film within a film (within a film?). It's a love letter to movie-making magic, to performances, to special effects, to camerawork, to directing. Questions that arise in the first half-hour are answered in the last half-hour, a trait of the best suspense films. The music is pumping and frenetic, the effects are decent enough, given the smaller budget of the film. There's a lot to love here.

    Some scenes are too superfluous, especially toward the middle of…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    ★★★★★

    Pure, unfiltered joy. This movie contains so much of why I love watching movies now. It takes a topic I love (good food), explores it with care and humanity, inserts wit, comedy, and applause-inducing moments, and rounds everything out with great technical skill behind the camera.

    Nobuko Miyamoto as Tampopo warmly welcomes the viewer into her ramen bar, Tsutomu Yamazaki ensures that your stay there is warm and secure, and the rest of the cast entertains and regals you with…