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  • Nostos: The Return

    Nostos: The Return

    ★★★★

    Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
    Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
    But don’t hurry the journey at all.
    Better if it lasts for years,
    so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
    wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
    not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

    Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
    Without her you wouldn't have set out.
    She has nothing left to give you now.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
    Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
    you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

    -C.P. Cavafy

  • Yella

    Yella

    ★★★½

    "Are you interested in balance sheets?"

    Dead in the water.

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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…