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  • The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★

  • Steins;Gate 0

    ★★★½

  • Run

    ★★★

  • Choose or Die

    ★★½

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  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★

    original title: La montaña sagrada

    Following the underground success of ”El Topo,” greatly supported by ex-Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison, Alejandro Jodorowsky's follow-up is very much a spiritual continuation of that previous film in its further exploration of what it means to be spiritually enlightened in an increasingly materialistic world. Loosely based on the unfinished book ”Mount Analogue” by René Dumal and inspired by the work of Russian mystic G.I. Gurjieff, the movie follows a group of people who…

  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★

    Highly symbolic and surreal, Alejandro Jodorowsky's offbeat Western about gunfighter El Topo (Jodorowsky) on a journey from perdition to redemption and spiritual enlightenment is a bonafide cult masterpiece. Told in two distinctly separate acts, the first deals with Topo's journey of violence, callousness, hedonism, and ultimate spiritual crisis and betrayal as the titular gunslinger travels from one surreal situation to another, culminating in his challenging of four gun masters into duels to show off his prowess, only to triumph through…

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  • A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot

    A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot

    ★★★

    original title: Un genio, due compari, un pollo

    Few spaghetti Westerns were quite as plagued with production difficulties as this Sergio Leone-produced comedy. For one, neither Leone nor star Terence Hill got along with director Damiano Damiani in any way (and vice versa), often having furious disagreements with one another. The story, which Leone originally intended as a very black comedy inspired by the French film "Les Valseuses" by Bertrand Blier, somehow morphed into a very lighthearted caper movie that…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Though the majority of Alfred Hitchcock's oeuvre is centrally concerned with murders and the preoccupation with the macabre mindset, it was still quite a jolt when he made “Psycho” on the heels of his major commercial success with “North by Northwest.” Not only was it a decidedly lower budget endeavour for a director of his repute, but its almost grungy attitude (certainly by the norms of the time) and its slotting within the more ill-reputed genre of “horror” was definitely…