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  • Fail-Safe

    Fail-Safe

    ★★★★★

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    Film #38 that was recommended to me -- feel free to add to the list! (Recommended by Chris Coke)

    Fail-Safe had a lot working against it going into this. It's a version of Dr. Strangelove without the comedy, and only my second film by Sidney Lumet following 12 Angry Men. Both are unfair films to be put up in direct competition with. The first ~25 minutes didn't help, with an odd dream sequence followed by a load…

  • Red Desert

    Red Desert

    ★★★★½

    This was my second viewing, and I don't know how I didn't like this on the first one.

    I've seen three Antonioni films thus far (this, Blow Up, and La Notte), and I find them all incredibly hard to talk or write about. It's like they directly transmit a feeling into my brain and it's fairly indescribable. I could use words like alienation and loneliness but that feels more like parroting what people say about Red Desert than actually describing…

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  • The World of Kanako

    The World of Kanako

    Watched for Secret Cinema. Let me preface this by saying I think it was a quite reasonable recommendation, for the stated reason of me liking "depraved Japanese shit," haha. On the surface, I really expected to like it! While the completely cruel nihilism might not feel like it has quite enough of a point for me (compared even to something more fucked up like Visitor Q, that film is never quite this mean), I think there is a movie hidden…

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★½

    At this point, each new Wong Kar-Wai movie is just another opportunity for me to think about what it is that I don't like about his style. In Happy Together, I found the ever-moving camera and often too intimate close-ups offputting -- but of course that alone is hypocritical; I just praised American Honey, which did the same thing. The problem is in some nuanced detail I'm missing, or some particular combination of elements. And maybe now I've figured it…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    So.... any of you heard of Parasite? It's a pretty good movie. Wouldn't want it to get lost in all the new movie excitement and have no one notice.

    Really though, Parasite is quite good. It's my first Bong Joon-ho film (I know, I know), so it's worth keeping in mind that I lack the context of his other works, should that make any difference. But writing about something that has now become the 2nd ranked film on this entire…

  • 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.…