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  • Peking Opera Blues
  • Cure
  • Simone Barbès or Virtue
  • Good Riddance

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  • Donnie Darko

    ★★★★½

  • The Shiver of the Vampires

    ★★★★

  • L'Anniversaire de Paula

    ★★★★

  • Serenity!

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  • The Shiver of the Vampires

    The Shiver of the Vampires

    ★★★★

    Everything I've been looking for by diving into Rollin's oeuvre. Like coming home from the waking world.

  • L'Anniversaire de Paula

    L'Anniversaire de Paula

    ★★★★

    You can make inner-peace with growing older and yet the passage of time will change how people perceive you, it will create an even greater chasm between you and those you've neglected (or vice-versa) and it will make indifference and solitude seem all the more cruel. Pure down-tempo Caillot, quietly devastating.

    Having now watched a handful of Haydée Caillot's films, it's clear to me that it's a tragedy she didn't get to make more. Meaning more films and longer ones.…

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  • The Haunted High

    The Haunted High

    Konaka's "lost" Alice variation. Before Lain, before Cyberland and even before Alice6, you had Alice, Juri and Reika hanging out in Haunted High. There's a couple of seemingly completely unavailable works by Chiaki J. Konaka but this is the holy grail for me. Kind of frustrating that every other episode of the School Kwaidan (including 2 other Konaka-penned episodes and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 1st go at Hanako-san) seems to have been released on VHS but not this one. At least the…

  • Lady Plastic

    Lady Plastic

    Currently obsessed with this never released on home-video movie about a cursed and unfinished film named "Eyes in the Forest" whose director wants to complete, 30 years after the fact, in order to raise the original actress (played by Rena Komine) from the dead by using the movie's sfx guy to create a receptacle for her spirit. And the film's writer, mangaka Akira Fukaya, partially based this story on his experience as a special effect artist for productions such as Tetsuo II (he also illustrated the Tetsuo: The Bullet Man manga written by Tsukamoto). What the hell happened to this film?