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  • August in the Water
  • Goliath and the Dragon
  • Pestonjee
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  • Doctor Who: Logopolis

    ★½

  • Secret Name

    ★★★★

  • Little Solange

    ★★★★½

  • Jhund

    ★★★★

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  • Doctor Who: Logopolis

    Doctor Who: Logopolis

    a strange man on a lonely English roadside is scarier than a planet (city?) that needs to keep chanting numbers so the universe doesn’t collapse, but what does that matter if we can get some folks to do dreadful action sequences on a satellite array or whatever that was?

  • Ecstasy of the Black Rose

    Ecstasy of the Black Rose

    ★★★½

    shin kishida's director figure - balding and limping at age 32, coercive, deluded, and self-justifying - might be the single most repulsive figure in the history of self reflexive films about the exploitative power imbalances in filmmaking (and there are many runners up).

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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.

  • Kids Return

    Kids Return

    ★★★★½

    on certain days i think this melancholy portrait of young blindly navigating the passage into adulthood is kitano's finest work - a delicate synthesis of the editing and mise en scene experiments of his previous films, applied to arguably the most layered character work of his career (only achilles and the tortoise comes close for me).

    boxing becomes not a central metaphor but the physical shape of the film's emotional weights - every punch struck (in or out of the…