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  • On the Count of Three

    ★★★

  • Emergency

  • Escape from L.A.

    ★★½

  • The Funeral

    ★★★½

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  • It's Always Fair Weather

    It's Always Fair Weather

    ★★★★½

    The post-war hangover to follow Donen/Kelly's night out On the Town. Where their earlier collaboration was on the cusp of the 50s, and thus still mired in the earlier decade's lingering celebration of soldiers and the WWII victory, It's Always Fair Weather is firmly entrenched in the 50s expansion of consumerism and soul-sucking "suit" jobs designed to move every man, woman and child toward the elusive pursuit of the virtually unattainable American Dream. Whether through the brilliant passage-of-time montage that…

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  • The Funeral

    The Funeral

    ★★★½

    "Following the death of her father (Ôtaki Hideji), Chizuko (Miyamoto Nobuko) watches an instructional video that outlines the various rituals and proper etiquette for a traditional three-day Buddhist funeral and wake. Her husband, Wabisuke (Yamazaki Tsutomu), also looks on, similarly bewildered by the formality of the ceremony. In this moment, Itami Jûzô’s sharply perceptive, tragicomic debut feature, The Funeral, immediately announces its interest in the tension between traditional and modern values.

    Throughout, Itami also pokes fun at the sometimes massive…

  • The Last Victim

    The Last Victim

    ★★

    "The influence of Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men can be felt in nearly every scene of The Last Victim. The catalyst for a torrent of violence in Naveen A. Chathapuram’s neo-western is a witness, Richard (Tahmoh Penikett), to a murder. It’s a moment that leaves this innocent man caught between symbols of light and darkness—a world-weary officer of the law, Sheriff Hickey (Ron Perlman), on one side and a brooding, implacable, and deeply reflective killer, Jake…

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  • The Third Generation

    The Third Generation

    ★★★★

    "The other day I had a dream that capitalists created terrorism in order to force the state to better protect the business community. Funny, isn't it?"

    "Germany for the Germans. Everyone else will be sent home."

    It's impossible not to relate Fassbinder's dense and challenging portrait of capital and leftist activists to today's political climate. The Third Generation, virtually unavailable for over 25 years, presents a confounding, chaotic world view where capitalism, anarchy and terrorism constantly overlap and the political…

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★★

    Pickup on South Street, Sam Fuller’s brutal yet sensual masterpiece, begins on a speeding subway train, full of colliding bodies stuffed inside like canned sardines. No one speaks, but everyone glances; some at the floor or out the window, others at unsuspecting passengers, yet all attempting in one way or another to not betray what’s truly on their mind. Every initial glance is revealed to be misdirected until our anti-hero, Skip McCoy, bursts onto the scene to meet the sultry…