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  • Yi Yi
  • Days of Being Wild
  • Paris, Texas
  • The Cremator

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  • Still Life

    ★★★★½

  • Léon: The Professional

    ★★★★

  • Pig

    ★★★★

  • Surf's Up

    ★★★★★

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  • Still Life

    Still Life

    ★★★★½

    The paradox of collectivism weighs heavily throughout this entire film. Jia strings us along the lives of our two protagonists -- characters more similar than not -- and immerses the audience in a landscape that has been trodden futilely by every passerby. The villagers of Fengjie can't seem to move forward whatsoever, so they submit themselves to the river of demolition, washed away forever. Broken and forgotten.

  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★★★

    Huh, Leon. That’s a pretty cool beanie you’re wearing. Where can I get one of those?

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  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★½

    Paprika is a brilliant showcase of surrealism, doting on the differences and merging of reality and aspirational dreams. Kon delivers a medley of refreshing and avant-garde animations that open discussions about topics ranging from the analysis of ones subconscious and to the perversions of modern technology. Though staged as an adventure movie, Paprika strikes chords more commonly found in psychological thrillers. It lyrically uses the motif of dreams, the chaotic subconscious, and even international, pop-culture references to uncover suppressed emotions of these complex, interwoven characters. Colorful and entertaining, the movie left me asking myself, "Who am I? And, what do I want?"

  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets

    ★★★★★

    We've all been or still are that lizard stuck in the cola bottle. What in the world did I just experience. Terayama, you are one mad genius.