Kai White

Kai White

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The chance of me creeping through your profile for something interesting to watch isn’t 100%, but it also isn’t 0%.

Favorite films

  • Letter from an Unknown Woman
  • A Tale of the Wind
  • Iran Is My Land
  • Satantango

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  • Creepy

    ★★½

  • The Chess Players

    ★★★★

  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    ★★★

  • Bad Education

    ★★★

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★½

    I like the idea of tackling the fears of suburban life, such as meeting the neighbors and the crushing weight that the obligations of domesticity bring, under the guise of a psychological thriller meets detective movie. On paper, it sounds great. If this is the execution, though, maybe not so much.

    The first two-thirds of this are actually pretty good for this type of thing. Forced to retire from the police force after he’s injured by a suspect, Koichi Takakura…

  • The Chess Players

    The Chess Players

    ★★★★

    From what I’m used to, if you have a difficult period in history that a filmmaker is trying to revisit, the resulting movie will often come with a certain type of tone. I’m a huge fan of angry agenda pieces, I’ve seen plenty of bemoaning bad choices, and there are more pull-on-the-heartstrings, “the world needs to be aware of this” movies than one can shake a stick at. And that’s not me taking a shot at any of those. I…

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  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    Buchanan Rides Alone

    ★★★

    Let’s take a moment to check in on director Budd Boetticher trash talking classic Hollywood heavyweights.

    On Orson Welles: “Well, he was a great director. But I don’t think he was George Stevens … I think it’s seen as being proper today for young people today to know that Orson Welles was a genius. The truth is, he wasn’t. We didn’t have any geniuses.”

    On John Wayne: “A bastard … I was a boxer, and he couldn’t have hit me…

  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★½

    I’m not the intended audience for this. I get that. And yet …

    If I were a comic book fan, I imagine I would be super torn over the developments of the last thirty years. On the one hand, you get to see these characters you probably love getting huge, multimillion dollar love and big-screen treatment regularly. That’s got to be awesome. But on the other, these characters have had many, many pages and many, many years to be part…