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  • Goyokin

    ★★★★½

  • Samurai Wolf II

    ★★★½

  • Samurai Wolf

    ★★★★

  • Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn

    ★★½

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  • Goyokin

    Goyokin

    ★★★★½

    On my Hideo Gosha journey, this is his first film to absolutely blow me away. Things have been good and even great at points, but this is just a fantastic piece of samurai cinema. Tatsuya Nakadai is a juggernaut of an actor here as always. His face conveys so much about the human soul. I see why he is regarded to such a high degree with every film I see him in. Even when the work itself may not be…

  • Samurai Wolf II

    Samurai Wolf II

    ★★★½

    Not sure it reaches the same heights as the first film, but it comes pretty close. I love seeing the flashbacks that fleshed out who Kiba is and why he wanders as he does in the present. The action is still tight and creative and this film moves so briskly, just like it's predecessor. I really love this small series and I'm so glad to hear that Film Movement is putting out some restored blus of these two films, and Violent Streets as well. Gosha is the man!

    The Samurai Wolf films are truly underrated gems of the genre. Recommended!

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★★★

    One of the finest films of 2018. An utter punch to the gut that a soul like his vanished so suddenly. An artist whom inspires with only a single feature under his belt.

    Hu Bo will never leave my mind. Such a shame he ended it all. As Bela Tarr said in a letter he wrote on Hu Bo, he wishes someone could've protected him.

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    The aforementioned Béla Tarr, whom wrote this letter to an…

  • Days

    Days

    ★★★★½

    Days ( 日子) - 2020

    dir. Tsai Ming-liang

    Country: Thailand

    Director Tsai Ming-liang leaves his usual Taiwanese setting to capture the streets of Bangkok, Thailand in this extremely quiet but emotionally poignant tale of two men whose mundane day to day lives intertwine with an emboldened spark of romance one night, which I wish not spoil the hereafter of the event in this small review.

    The minimalist nature of Tsai's work is taken to a whole other level here as…