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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

    The quintessential silent movie. The best of the rest!

    Phantom Carriage is a journey of redemption that is simultaneously poetic and eerie, with a perfect balance between the visual poetry and emotional violence. It is a deep, and resonating hypnotic masterwork meditating on death, the value of life, and loneliness. Weighty and dark, the influence on masters, including Bergman and Kubrick, is highly discernible.

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★★

    Kenji Mizoguchi may just be the ruling master of Japanese Cinema!

    Sansho is a richly layered, quintessential piece of Japanese cinema, deserving of the spot near the highest pantheon of world cinema. In long, meditative shots, Mizoguchi fluently tells the story of two siblings who get separated from their mother and have to work for a cruel slave owner. Sansho has an incredibly compelling story and its depth of understanding the human condition.

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Well, it's that time again! My annual viewing of Satantango is here ...

    Satantango is quite possibly the greatest film ever made. The film is a religious experience; an odyssey into a world bereft of beauty. Satantango is a film to be seen, witnessed, and felt! It revolves around the lives of villagers in a small-town, as they’re faced with greed, deception, betrayal, and loss. Tarr's cinematography here exceeds anything else ever captured on celluloid -- few movies are able…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    The very definition of an Epic!

    Edward Yang's Magnum Opus "A Brighter Summer Day" is one of the true masterpieces of the 1990s and of the "New Taiwan cinema." It's ostensibly the story of a few rival street gangs in '60s Taiwan with the transitional generation of Chinese refugees born in Taiwan after the Communist takeover as the backdrop but the film is about a young man’s rites of passage in an era in which Taiwan was going through a…