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  • Apache Drums

    Apache Drums

    ★★★★

    The copy I watched was atrocious: It sporadically morphed to digital mush, and there was a 7-minute stretch where the audio flipped to a (bad) Spanish dubbed version. It started off as a run-of-the-mill B-Western, but it gradually morphed into surreal, balls-out, nightmarish horror. When Apaches with full-body paint started jumping through the windows, I was completely sold. The movie occasionally acknowledges the plight of native Americans, but basically the Apaches are stand-ins for ultimate, terrifying otherness, a supernatural evil that lurks in the American heartland, always on the verge of pouncing to annihilate the isolated, fragile white settler community.

  • The Ball at the Anjo House

    The Ball at the Anjo House

    ★★★½

    Elegant and poignant in its depiction of decaying past glory, but there's a barrage of semi-magical resolutions in the last third that brushes away the class and economic realities it worked so hard to establish, and somewhat blunts its power. The final shot of Setsuko Hara's radiant face can't help but be lyrical.

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  • Cars 3

    Cars 3

    I'm going to commemorate this movie with a short review, because this was the first time I take my son to the movies. We actually almost never made it past the arcade and crane claw machines at the entrance, but we eventually moved on. As the interminable stream of trailers, ads and 'featurettes' rolled on, he got frustrated and asked for the remote control, so he could fast forward through this nonsense, as he does at home. I explained there…

  • The Wind Will Carry Us

    The Wind Will Carry Us

    ★★★★★

    City prick goes to a remote village to shoot a funeral, flirts with a peasant, rides a motorcycle in a field of wheat. The bottomless beauty of the cosmos.