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  • It Came from Beneath the Sea

    It Came from Beneath the Sea

    ★★½

    Classic Harryhausen monster effects, some nice submarine interiors and a female scientist with a hint of agency. It's no masterpiece but it's watchable.

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★½

    We've all become God's madmen. All of us.

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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…