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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★

    GitS for dummies. The stars are for the one thing they got right, which was getting Kitano in as Aramaki.

  • Maillart's Bridges

    Maillart's Bridges

    ★★½

    I don't know if I can watch many more of these. It feels like they're made for someone who already knows the background and history of the architects they focus on and just wants to look at the structures. At least with the Sullivan one there were plenty of details in the buildings to keep your interest and offset the deliberately artless framing. Here, after an introductory look at some of Maillart's early pillar work, this is pretty much variations…

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  • Jubilee

    Jubilee

    Is this shocking? Do I shock you? How about now? See how transgressive I'm being? I bet you're shocked now. What about now? This is pretty shocking, right? What about this? Are you shocked yet? How about now? Come on, admit it. You're shocked now. What about now?

    That, for 100 minutes.

  • Vive L'Amour

    Vive L'Amour

    ★★★★½

    This is a glacially paced study of three desperately lonely people who all live alone in the same Taipei apartment, often at the same time.

    On a fairly superficial level, Ming-liang Tsai appears to be Taiwanese cinema's answer to Bela Tarr. We get long, stately shots of Mei, Ah-jung and Hsaio-ang going about their daily lives, sitting in bare rooms, smoking, sleeping. There are moments of deadpan humour and tenderness but the overwhelming impression is one of urban isolation. These…