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  • Cat Sick Blues

    Cat Sick Blues

    ★★

    This is one of those times where I have given this a low rating not necessarily because it deserves it, but because I just couldn't stomach it.

    It was weird enough that I expected it to be entertaining but the big motifs of gore and sexual violence don't entertain me. I felt emotionally lost, and unsure of my footing throughout the whole thing but not really in a fun way or even in a way that scared me. It pretty…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    There is no wrong or right way to be a provocateur. But if there was... this would be the right way. It’s a subversion of the genre, a middle finger to your expectations, a surety in decision making that allows for a slow, drawn out pace where you have to sit there and deal with how it’s making you feel. Panos Cosmatos doesn’t give a fuck what you think. 

    But also he does. The whole ride is satisfactory, finding ways…

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Once again I've seen why Kurosawa is constantly quoted by film buffs, modern directors, and lecturers as among their favorites. He is indeed a master of his craft.

    This beautiful tale could have been so ordinary...really it SHOULD have been so ordinary. "Life is about living" is no longer a unique thought. You'd find quotes saying as much in dozens of modern popcorn flicks and Pinterest boards alike.

    What Kurosawa has done here, though, is take a film that's premise…

  • Mirror

    Mirror

    ★★★★★

    The excellence of a Tarkovsky film leaves a taste in your mouth that exceeds easy intellectual understanding. "Mirror" is no exception. You could pause the film on any frame and behold a picture worthy of hanging on your wall. Each face, particularly that of Margarita Terekhova, holds the type of beauty you would find in a painting. The camera movements, the set-up, the atmosphere, are the definition of cinematic perfection.

    Tarkovsky is not always easy to track with mentally. Instead,…