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  • Okinawa Yakuza War

    Okinawa Yakuza War

    The most apocalyptic yakuza flick I've seen yet. Post-war aimlessness implodes in on itself. Crabs on crabs on crabs in a giant Okinawan bucket, sloshing around in gutter water as they beat their chests for some perceived notion of honor that's been long gone.

    Chiba starred in a movie called Wolf Guy and he's an even more goddamn animal in this one.

  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    ★★★★

    An Edge Lady and her Lords come of age via public bombings.

  • Shoeshine

    Shoeshine

    ★★

    In the minority. This seems like a parody of all the neorealism I've seen so far. It's so over the top with the poverty porn and the non-acting acting. What worked supremely in Bicycle Thieves and The Children Are Watching feels off. All the story beats are like a domino setup, which wouldn't really matter as long as the emotional punch is there. Would still recommend it as it's super accessible, perhaps to my detriment.

  • The Children Are Watching Us

    The Children Are Watching Us

    ★★★★

    Kid may as well have been hit by that train. De Sica knows when to end it for maximal trauma.

  • The Sadness

    The Sadness

    ★★★★

    Strongly recommend reading Edward Lee's HEADER if you were a fan of THAT scene 👁 👄 👁

    Definitely the CROSSED inspired movie I imagined it would be. Very explicit. Pretty much a goregrind slam album in movie form. Not for everyone. Had I not read the graphic novels before it would have had more of an impact. Though it could be a mix of my desensitization, there's definitely an art in these types of splatter movies where there is an…

  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City

    ★★★★

    "After all we’d seen and been through, the destruction of war, we couldn’t afford the luxury of making up fictional stories."

    Rosellini's intro feature up on Criterion is a good way to bridge the film's strengths, along with some gaps viewers might find themselves in. Tossed into the middle of the resistance with lots of characters, lots of moving parts, and you the viewer, a fly on the wall. It could be throwing this on late at night, my millennial…

  • Bicycle Thieves

    Bicycle Thieves

    ★★★★

    Take away the neo realism, non-actors acting, and post war Italy stuff, and you still have a film about "The Human Condition" that is still very powerful in The Year of Our Lord 2022

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ★★★★

    The fact that my internet froze up when checking the spelling of "supercilious" causing me to restart the computer and lose the two "golden" paragraphs of film analysis I had drafted is kind of perfect. Def recommend checking this out if you like EEAAO.

  • Female Vampire

    Female Vampire

    ★★★

    Lina and Her Romays, on Display!

    70 min before nodding off, a Franco record! Starting to understand the hypno-pull of Franco movies. It works here due to vampiric psychic powers and how stunning Romay is. It's sleazy erotica softcore but artsy. Reminds me of looking at painting where you don't really get what's going on beyond an aesthetic level, but what an aesthetic huh.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    This was a whole lot of movie and I liked a lot of it.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    Super basic and not weird enough