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  • The Hatter's Ghost

    The Hatter's Ghost

    ★★★½

    At least as close to Le Beau Serge as to Simenon: Chabrol's facility with small town ritual and gesture at its most studied, daily cérémonies that are lethal in their comfort. Serrault works hard to externalize the inner life of a Simenon protagonist who, typical for Georges, appears an obvious loon to us but moves through respectable society with ease. That works better on the page, I'd imagine, as Simenon tends towards tightly coiled interiority where we're privy to our…

  • The Red Inn

    The Red Inn

    ★★★★

    The mountain inn as a hungry glutton's personal hell: the pork is people and the mulled wine spiced to kill. Not a masterpiece, per se, (Cahiers and co. hated it, naturally, and Positif intimated public executions, so you know it's at least good) but surely a summit of French studio shooting. A snow globe filled with liquid poison.

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★★

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa's The Burbs

  • SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    SPL 2: A Time for Consequences

    ★★★★½

    Almost as if Soi Cheang heard the concept of "heroic bloodshed" and thought someone meant it literally (the first heroic blood drive movie?)

    The fights here are aces: brutal, fast, and expressionistic, but with total clarity of movement and space. Cheang just shoots the hell out of this thing. It's easy to see what he picked up from To and company--the cavernous use of widescreen, the breathless plotting, making Louis Koo look terrible--but it's also very much a confirmation of…