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  • Up and Down

    Up and Down

    ★★★★½

    there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but what is it?

  • Yakuza Demon

    Yakuza Demon

    ★★★★½

    generals and soldiers, hourly wage and middle managers. your devotion to your job will be your doom. but even going fishing is a competition.

    miike knows where to put the camera. which is to say that nothing is pretty, those board room scenes are framed in ludicrous ways, but everyone moves back and forth into frame in perfect blocking. ghost of ulmer would be proud.

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  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    Young Mr. Lincoln

    ★★★★★

    history just a stick falling over in the snow, or a shadow cast over someone.

  • Jauja

    Jauja

    ★★★★★

    jauja is often but not always about a man trying to walk through a landscape without falling, although he ends up falling often.

    jauja is a film for people who love horses and dogs.

    the horizon in jauja rarely dominates, it is a landscape film where the screen is most often dominated by tall grass, rocks, dirt, still water, rocks. in one of the central moments the night sky dominates the frame, but in that shot the central figure is…