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  • Last Letter

    Last Letter

    ★★★★

    I want an Apple iCup Phone.

  • Painted Skin

    Painted Skin

    ★★★½

    An amiable attempt by King Hu to don the skin of Tsui Hark, but Hu's yin just doesn't gel with Tsui's yang—with its cringey music score and 90-minute runtime, the film winds up feeling like a hastily-cobbled trailer for a much greater epic that never came to fruition. (Joey Wong seems particularly underutilized in a role that she was born to play.) Still worth seeing for Hu's marvelous handling of color and lighting, which puts this a few bars above most HK actioners of the early 90s. As a farewell to a great master, though (this was Hu's final film), it's somewhat disappointing.

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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,…