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  • Pierrot le Fou
  • War of the Worlds
  • Paisan
  • To Live and Die in L.A.

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  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

  • Happening

    ★★★★

  • Men

    ★★★

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  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    ★★½

    "My god, it's a city of apes."

    It's not very good! The irradiated subterranean nuclear bomb worshipping mutant humans always made Beneath the Planet of the Apes sound fascinating and tbh are the only reason I watched it, so it was rather disappointing that they don't make an appearance until the second half of the film, with it instead playing as a dull, wooden retread of the original until then, with a terrible narrative structure to boot (did we really…

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    Slow cinema fr. Always apprehensive going into leisurely paced movies, so it’s a testament to the strengths of Goodbye, Dragon Inn and Tsai Ming-liang that I was thoroughly engrossed by the film, given that it manages to make even the works of Weerasethakul seem harried by comparison. Tsai’s compositions are borderline jaw dropping, each shot magnificently arranged and angled (as in and on par with the works of the aforementioned Weerasethakul, Antonioni, or mid-to-late career Bergman). And in each drawn-out…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    The structure is laughably bloated—for one thing, how many goddamn climaxes does this movie have? Paired with a whopping 152 minute running time, the perceived length of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is unendurable. It's a shame; otherwise this probably would've been entertaining enough, perhaps even something greater. I applaud Rian Johnson's relative experimentation within the Star Wars sequels formula and much of the criticism directed towards this (particularly those who accuse this of "disrespecting Star Wars" or anything that…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    Howard Hawks famously said that a good movie is "three great scenes, no bad ones." More literally, he probably meant "only three showy scenes," and it's sound logic, of which Memories of Murder can be viewed as confirmation. The film is languorous, the direction is subdued, far from showy, excepting those "three [roughly] scenes." Yet riveting throughout. Bong Joon-ho expertly utilizes the rule of thirds, visual balance, and placing the camera at just the right angle to strikingly capture all…