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  • I Was Born, But...

    I Was Born, But...

    ★★★★

    Only my second silent Ozu feature (and first outright comedy), this feels like a breath of fresh air, way ahead of its time. Ozu definitely understands how to maximize the comedic potential of the silent medium, both in terms of the characters' body language and the framing. It's funny to watch this right after Early Summer, because the two little boys in it feel directly transplanted from this film. And of course this got a loose and very amusing remake…

  • Early Summer

    Early Summer

    ★★★★★

    Almost too perfect to talk about. There's such a rich ensemble at the heart of this movie, a group of characters with complex relationships, genuine warmth, contradictory flaws. The quotidian struggles of life are like putty in Ozu's hands, and he renders them through brilliant physical comedy and understated tragedy. This draws on a lot of the same themes as Late Spring and Tokyo Story, but it's a lot less devastating in comparison, maybe even happy. Early Summer feels totally…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    After just a few watches, John Carpenter's The Thing is rapidly becoming one of my favorite horror movies. Delays in the shooting allowed Carpenter to refine this movie and properly plan it, which resulted in a classic instead of what might have been just a good horror movie. While Carpenter has made some good films over the years, I would say this is his only "great" movie, the one that will certainly leave it's mark on horror movies for even…

  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    ½

    Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem has taught me three things:

    1. You can pick out a random word to be the subtitle of your movie and get away with it.

    2. No harm ever came from giving out military-grade night-vision goggles to a small child.

    3. It is possible to make Predators and Aliens ridiculously boring.

    Also, sample dialogue:

    "That's crazy, the government doesn't lie to people!"

    A singularly forgettable movie.