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  • São Jerônimo

    São Jerônimo

    ★★★★

    Eν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος

    In principio erat Verbum

    No princípio era o Verbo

    In the beginning was the word

  • Cleopatra

    Cleopatra

    ★★★★½

    One of the few films to take the ethos of peplum seriously: that the ancient world is best conjured with a legion of light gels and a couple of ionic columns. And the old myth of the East in quivering, engorged form: “Venus will conquer Isis” is the colonialist’s declaration, before he succumbs to the "blue venom of dreams" and the seduction of smoke against red curtains. The communion of Orient and Occident is a tongue in Cesar’s ass. "I…

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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…