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  • Himiko

    Himiko

    ★★★★

    A fable of the ethereal, the absurd, and the lustful.
    Boiling religion down to only the most captivating and sensual, Shinoda presents the Shinto mythology with the ostentatious painting of a Midnight Movie.

    What lies within this film is cryptic and obtuse, not wholly indecipherable, but ultimately illusive.
    The great august kami who shines in Heaven is portrayed through means similar to Macbeth, with betrayal and treachery proudly displaying their colours, as the iconoclast and incestuous writhe beneath the surface.…

  • The Adopted Son

    The Adopted Son

    ★★★★

    Touted as the first film produced by the country of Kyrgyzstan, post-Soviet occupation, "The Adopted Son" centers on the life of Beshkempir, a foundling entering the most formative years.

    Director Aktan Abdykalykov weaves a basic bildungsroman, following formulaic footsteps of the genre, but offering a wholly unique insight to the country freshly unchained.
    Beshkempir is a boy laboured with the stigma of adoption (his name literally translating to "five Grandmothers", synonymous with the cultural ritual of adoption); dealing with love…

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  • Sir Drone

    Sir Drone

    ★★★★★

    "Sir Drone" captures a time, a transition in aesthetics, where absurdity was almost as abundant as insolence; being a swinging dick was the dog's bollocks.

    The presence of this daffy, delinquent, ode to punk rock is sickeningly charming. I challenge anyone not to smile as the late great Mike Kelley screeches in Freudian self-loathing about hippies, and how insecure his lavish locks make him feel. A constantly cycling circle of pseudonyms, 'Gun', no, 'Vince', no, 'Scooter' avoids confrontation, as 'Duane'…

  • …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear

    …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear

    ★★★★★

    Captivating, lucid, and provocative, "A pátý jezdec je strach" is a sterling example of the Czechoslovakian film miracle.
    Strong with symbolism, images of swarming crowds, bustled corridors, broken and broiling chimneys, work as visual metaphors in place of craving children, tragic trains, and gaunt faces.

    Though suffering oppression of his own (in the form of Stalin's festering fist), Zbyněk Brynych managed to craft a subtle and superb masterpiece of social commentary, drawing parallels between National Socialist occupation, and the stranglehold…