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  • The Island

    The Island

    ★★★½

    I could take 150 pics of this film, make a collage and show it off as the latest auteur masterpiece; adding the film's plot summary along with it would be enough to sell it.

    At first I thought this was a brave amalgamation of styles. Then, I felt this film was insecure regarding its intentions. Finally, I thought it was a tragic waste of an opportunity to make a fantastic film that would be compared with European (more specifically Scandinavian)…

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

    ★★★★

    Enchanting. The cultural oppresion by Mao Zedong's Chinese Cultural Revolution is seen under tints of intellectual wisdom and struggle in mountainous landscapes, a "struggle" that tries to get rid of the Western, capitalist evil ideologies vs. a predominant "Communist" mentality. Splashes of humanism are scattered throughout, from romance to humor, never falling into the sinful territory of melodrama or emotional manipulation. The whole "re-educational" governmental mentality is beautifully illustrated by the landscapes as the conservative revolutionary thought gets its principles…

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  • 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…

  • 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.…