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  • The Crazy Family
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Solaris
  • Red Desert

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  • The Lady from Shanghai

    ★★★★

  • The Hole

    ★★★★½

  • Matinee

    ★★★

  • Bionicle: Mask of Light

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  • Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    ★★★★½

    I don’t often do TV season reviews, but I’d really like to talk about Higurashi. I have far too much to say. Loads of it isn’t about the current season itself, so I don’t blame you for dipping out, though I think all of it ties together in the end, and either way I just wanted to get my thoughts out there. This review is spoiler-free. However, because Higurashi is about a mystery, be warned that I vaguely talk about…

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    Film #91 that was recommended to me -- now subject to loose, arbitrary ranking! (Recommended by Nadia)

    There is so much going on here that writing about this film is daunting. It might not look like there is much depth, as some ridiculous story about a guy who becomes a master of the art of upskirt photography, but this isn’t just random wackiness and the 4 hours are certainly not wasted. Underneath everything else going on, it’s also a simple,…

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  • The Hole

    The Hole

    ★★★★½

    My old attempt at reviewing The Hole was weak, so here's another:

    I wrote my first review of this in 2018. Things sure have changed, huh? At this point most people have their own story they can point to about how they connect on some visceral level to hearing about a virus on the news and sitting alone, trying to keep their own heads above the water as it keeps rising. The way the apartment slowly deteriorates feels so fitting…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★

    You remember how Full Metal Jacket began? Imagine that, but then the movie went "damn he turned them into really good soldiers, isn't that cool?"

    Look, inasmuch as this is a glossy production where J.K. Simmons is very committed to hurling objects around and shouting slurs at kids? It's good movie-making. I'd consider the characters kind of flat in that it signals everything they're going to do pretty much from our first introduction, and the question becomes simply "which abuse…

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

    As I write this review, very early morning May 31st, 2020, protests are erupting in what seems to be damn near every major city in the United States. George Floyd has recently become yet another victim of police brutality, as a cop used his knee to crush Floyd's neck for almost 9 whole minutes until he died. Derek Chauvin is a murderer. The other 3 cops who watched it happen are no better. Of course, you'd hardly know that from…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ½

    So, this is my 1000th logged film. I wanted to do something special for it, watch a film I’m really interested in like Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud, one of the few remaining movies I haven’t seen by that director who means quite a lot to me. But it’s completely unavailable anywhere. The only source I can manage to find is an overpriced DVD on Amazon that reviews say is a bad quality DVD-R with the film burned to it.…