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  • King Lear

    King Lear

    ★★★★

    Total bullshit, and maybe totally sublime? In the process of writing this review I became more convinced of its some-kind-of-brilliance. It's a lazy, bad cliché to say this but a rewatch is absolutely necessary.

    First, a personal introduction: I had the pleasure of having some great conversations with Peter Sellars during and after a group discussion at this past year's Telluride Film Festival. He is a strange and generous man. He greeted me and my fellow student group members with…

  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★★½

    It kind of is an uncomfortably #aesthetic argument for empire and autocracy but I think Sean Gilman's alternative take is compelling. Far more interesting than its "perfect shot" list fanbase would indicate.

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  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★★½

    "But I've been living as a jianghu just to find you."
    . . .
    "Am I that important?"
    "If not you, then what is?"

    In which Jia's character's must rapidly adapt to the economic and political (sur)reality around them. For the first time, the melodrama is as fluid as the history. Less schematic than Mountains May Depart's family-through-the-decades, Ash tests the relationship between Qiao (Zhao Tao) and Bin (Liao Fan) with the collision of personal convictions and the unrelenting march…

  • Dead Silence

    Dead Silence

    ★★★

    Really nice atmosphere, Wan directs the hell out of very silly material.

    Has one of the best last minute twists I've ever seen.