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  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    ★★★★

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

    This movie’s visual effects and gorgeously illustrated backdrops almost made me forget about its several groan-inducing plot points (Egyptian alien slave miners?). And as a 1960s sci-fi film, the comically dissonant space logic gets a pass, I guess.

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★

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

    This movie began in slow, deliberate Kiarostami fashion, but quickly took me in.

    Taste of Cherry is about inevitable and complementary forces. The gravity that aids Mr. Badii’s first passenger in fleeing down a hillside and later stops his car in its tracks is as natural and impeding as the religious beliefs that deter his passengers from agreeing to help him commit suicide. There’s a comedic cruelty in the way that Mr. Badii witnesses these natural forces at play, specifically…

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  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    Bela Tarr's long shots force you to confront your own disposition, but more specifically, your ability to sit comfortably with yourself in the face of utter dejection. And I love that.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★★★

    Kurt Russell cast as chief doofus= my favorite cinematic male archetype of all time