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  • The Mercenary

    ★★★

  • What's the Matter with Helen?

    ★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★½

  • Prey

    ★★★★

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  • Un Chien Andalou

    Un Chien Andalou

    ★★★★★

    It's all about sex, or Freudian notions of sex, and interpretations of dream - where falling represents sexual anxiety, running on staircases indicates desire, being hit by a car symbolizes intercourse - or sexual violation. Stripes are not simply stripes, boxes are more than boxes, they signify the phallic or vaginal. Sexual inhibition and identity, emasculation, want, sexual aggression, sexual awakening is ever-present. And all of these seemingly random incidences follow this through-line, that all of our desires will ultimately…

  • The History of the Seattle Mariners

    The History of the Seattle Mariners

    ★★★★★

    More than any other sport, baseball loves its stats.

    Bearing that in mind, this 6-part, SBNation miniseries doesn't go the traditional 'talking heads' interviewed route found in other docs. No, appropriately enough, numbers drive the story. This is Mariners history as relayed through stats and graphs. And while that sounds like it would lend itself to a telling that's cold and remote, it actually generated a lot of warmth and intimacy. The data and charts were fascinating, the quirky oddball…

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  • Gamera vs. Gyaos

    Gamera vs. Gyaos

    ★★★

    When I was a youngster Gyaos was my favorite Gamera flick, what kid wouldn't love a film where a boy is befriended and rescued by a giant flying turtle... and then given a ride on his back! That was the greatest thing my 6-year-old self ever saw (the feature was released in the States on TV, the same time it played in theaters in Japan). There was so much that fascinated me then (like that scene where the kaiju's foot…

  • Gamera vs. Barugon

    Gamera vs. Barugon

    ★★★½

    This is Gamera's second film, and producers wanted it to appeal to adults, which means you won't find that "precocious kids barging into official meetings with all the answers" thing, in this one. And that was welcome. I liked the Treasure of the Sierra Madre style drama in the story, as well as the human relationships... their connections, and conflicts. The greedy baddie in the picture is a detestable bastard, and his hand-to-hand fights with others are raw and nasty.

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  • Lilith

    Lilith

    ★★★

    Oh if only Warren Beatty had been a stronger actor, and was able to bring some nuance to the part of Vincent - the war vet who takes a job at a sanitarium and gets too involved with a female patient. If he was able to convey the idea of a man going from point A to point B during the course of the film – and gradually falling to ruin after betraying his core principals - this movie might…

  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    One-Eyed Jacks isn’t a universally hailed western like say a Stagecoach or High Noon. But it has its devoted fans, and I number myself among them. The film has been in a sorry state for decades, so I was elated when I found out that Criterion was releasing a restored version of Brando’s lone directorial effort. And when I hit play I was blown away. They did a beautiful job. Though I’ve seen the picture at least a half dozen…