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  • Project A II

    Project A II

    ★★★

    Jackie Chan poaches on the terrain of Tsui Hark (Shanghai Blues) and Buster Keaton with mixed results, but the faces (Maggie Cheung, Rosamund Kwan) are fresh and the overall vibe good-natured—aside from a chilling scene where Chan explicitly admits his character's (i.e., his) willingness to shift political alliances depending on who's on top.

  • Kog-Head and Meatus

    Kog-Head and Meatus

    ★★★

    A Neverhood puzzler extended into a 10-minute short, basically⁠—even Terry Scott Taylor lends a little number. TenNapel's aesthetic is not really suited to uninteractive animation (his funky designs lose some of their texture in the erratic movement), but it's still an intriguing enigma, involving antagonistic romping robots and hamster wheels as a kind of universal life force.

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  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★★

    If any movie deserves a 3-D revival, this is it.

  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

    D.W. Griffith's three-hour fugue of a film deserves its reputation as one of the great silent epics for its Babylon sequence alone—a visual smorgasbord of architecture, bodies, and warfare that, in its excessive yet breathtakingly exquisite detail and labyrinthine textures, strongly anticipates the work of Erich von Stroheim and Josef von Sternberg—yet it also shares certain similarities with Godard's Here and Elsewhere and other structural films of the 1960s and 70s in that it functions as a experiential instructional manual,…