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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    Let's make something crystal clear:
    This is one of the greatest films I've ever seen. Especially thanks to Kirina Mano's gripping performance and the stunning B&W cinematography. Granted, my taste in films is questionable to say the least, but for anyone who enjoyed Shinya Tsukamoto's other works like Tokyo Fist or Kotoko, I implore you to give this a watch. Some may get turned off by the bleak and nihilistic tone though.

  • Difficulty Breathing

    Difficulty Breathing

    ★★★★★

    If you follow me here on Letterboxd, you're well aware that I'm a big fan of director Shozin Fukui. A few months ago, I searched his name on YouTube and came across a video showing rare VHS releases of his early short films. On that same channel, I also found a trailer for this film, Difficulty Breathing, and it grabbed my interest right away. I made sure to order the DVD, limited to 100 copies. Sadly, due to Sweden's terrible…

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  • Slime City

    Slime City

    ★★★★

    I wanted unapologetically disgusting trash, and Slime City delivered this with flying colors of gore, vomit and, unsurprisingly enough, buckets of slime. The make-up and special effects were beyond impressive, especially when considering they worked on a measly $50,000 budget. They took what they had and just went crazy with it, and that passionate attitude shone through the film. On top of that, the grimy synth music, cheesy acting and well-balanced humor all worked together to create an unforgettable experience.…

  • Emitaï

    Emitaï

    ★★★

    52 Years in 52 Weeks
    5/52

    Senegalese villagers, while seeking guidance from their gods, revolt for justice and dignity against French incursions attempting to claim their rice during WWII. An essential depiction of tribal traditions and historical conflict, but the film lacks in the acting and music department, often feeling passionless due to long periods of silence. Not as impactful as Sembène's Black Girl, but perhaps just as significant for the history of African cinema.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I attempted to watch this once when I was young, but gave up early on because of low attention span. Guess I hadn't acquired my taste for slow cinema yet, but now with this long overdue viewing, I can confirm it's really as good as everyone claims. It says a lot when a film that's 51 years old still manages to impress people with its stunning visual design and effects. It really was ahead of its time.

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together

    ★★★★★

    Wong Kar-wai + Christopher Doyle + Tony Leung = Instant masterpiece

    Seriously though, this has such tasteful depiction of gay romance and I love how they make use of both B&W and colored footage. The accordion music also fits beautifully with the sensual atmosphere. So glad I watched this.