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  • Short Stay

    Short Stay

    a slight, compact, enigmatic comedy predicated on a closely observed milieu, and maybe that's all there is to it; maybe a sort of rorschach thing(?), idk. anyway, the string of incident that takes ostensible protagonist Mike through his short stay in Philly is muted in such a way that it sits somewhere between Bresson and Rohmer (who comes to mind as much or more than Straub-Huillet (Fendt being known to me mostly for his work on the recent S-H book)…

  • Deadlier Than the Male

    Deadlier Than the Male


    murderous Gabin advancing on his victim to the frantic yipping of a dog — Duvivier had a twisted sense of humor, right?

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  • Three



    of fools and happiness indices. with the arrival of arch villain with a bullet-in-the-head Wallace Chung, the plot burns like a lit fuse. three opposing egos each bent on playing god compete amid a steady accumulation of plot details that ought to surely add up to something. a moral parable set to a ringtone whistled tune whose blitheness suggests a vast emptiness, Mozart skeletonized, though it might just as easily have been Grieg. it's either horrifying or it's black, black…

  • Linda Linda Linda

    Linda Linda Linda


    sprawled out, lazy ol' masterpiece about sincerely really trying your best while you're still young enough. Yamashita eschews ironic distancing and strained intimacy, instead filming these youth with attentiveness and concern for their struggles, love and respect for their individual personhood, an almost unthinkable strategy for a teen movie.