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  • Berlin Express

    Berlin Express

    ★★★½

  • The House in the Woods

    The House in the Woods

    ★★★★★

    Three beautiful birds of paradise,
    My friend has gone to war
    Three beautiful birds of paradise,
    Have passed through here.
    The first was more blue than the sky,
    The second was the color of snow,
    The third red, bright red.
    “Beautiful little birds of Paradise,
    What do you bring through here?”
    “I am bringing a blue-eyed look.”
    “And me, on a beautiful forehead the color of snow
    A kiss should place, even more pure”
    “Vermillion bird of paradise,
    What do you bring as well?”
    “A beautiful heart all crimson…”
    “Ah, I feel my heart is becoming cold…
    Take it also.”

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    Creepy

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  • 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?)

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