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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★½

    Asif Khan's #5 Film Selection for Edgar

    Existentialist poetry (oxymoron?), static like Ming-liang tradition dictates, haunting, bewildering, pervasively contemplative reaching levels of melancholy and wonder, exhaustively calculated and balanced to a frame-perfect degree, with the camera always taking the perspective of either a terrenal perspective of one of the spectators of King Hu's 1967 wuxia awe-inspiring adventurous spectacle, or an omniscient perspective, a passive observer of wondering souls that seem to be walking around in a purgatory stuck in an…

  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    ★★★★½

    King Hu... Wow. Just wow.

    -Remember the tension in the opening scene of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)?
    -Remember how tension escalated from an indoors conversation into a stylish outburts of tragic violence in the opening sequence of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)?
    -Remember the basement scene in one of the best referential films of the decade, Inglourious Basterds (2009), where there was a non-stop, upwards sloping trend of tension until it culminated in…

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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Before you ask, this is not my first Refn movie. In that way, I can know that:

    - He still likes to dress his crooks with light grey pants and have some of them bald, like if they were still living in Denmark.
    - He still uses an awesome techno soundtrack (with some pop touches that I can forgive) to open his films and to close them. The underground nudist dive bars / seedy joints cannot be omitted, of course.…

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    WARNING. The following movie has:

    1) 237 minutes in length
    2) The movie title appearing after one hour of running time
    3) A drag
    4) Tosatsu
    5) Kung-fu
    6) Sex
    7) Genital gore
    8) Ultraviolence
    9) Lesbians
    10) A "Virgin Mary"
    11) Erections
    12) Ass-kicking female teens
    13) Psychotic menopausal bitches
    14) Pornographic furniture
    15) A Joshuu 701-gô: Sasori (1972) tribute with a pinky film spoof character called "Miss Scorpion"
    16) Love
    17) Romance
    18) "Exposure"
    19) Lust
    20) Betrayal…