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  • Half-Cocked

    Half-Cocked

    ★★★★

    The result of a lot of good decisions made in a short period of time, this is probably one of the most realistic depictions of being in an experimental band on the road. It's a light-hearted movie about poverty, boredom and resentment, without letting any of these things dominate the flow of the story. It's also a naturalistic depiction of teens in the South free of the usual stereotypes. Really funny too ("This is cheesy." "But cheese is the best…

  • Chung Kuo - Cina

    Chung Kuo - Cina

    ★★★

    With no subtitles for any of the Chinese dialogue—whether by design, edict, or both—this made for a frustrating, intermittently fascinating viewing experience.

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  • I Was Born, But...

    I Was Born, But...

    ★★★★½

    In order to (literally) turn the wheel, a man must follow in another's footsteps. Two boys flirt with being nonconformists, even as they mimick each other's movements. Ozu's dollies form the bridges of society, cut to match various forms of collective action--yawning desk clerks, studious students. The constant grouping and regrouping, peppered with slapstick slaps, is matched by the film's brisk cuts and eye-poppingly diametric framing. A deeply comic, sun-kissed vision of boyhood. ("Important" adults can make funny faces too.)

  • Le Berceau de Cristal

    Le Berceau de Cristal

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

    I had a complicated experience watching this.

    1. Last week I found out that someone I knew in college died of an overdose. It was a shock in part because I hadn’t thought of this person in 5 years, and we had hung out on more than a few occasions during our freshman year (with photo evidence that I’ve been poring over). But we lost touch, in the way that you sometimes reach the limits of what you have in…