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  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The Face of Another
  • A Brighter Summer Day

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  • Bullet in the Head

    ★★★★★

  • A Better Tomorrow II

    ★★★

  • A Touch of Zen

    ★★★★★

  • The Tatami Galaxy

    ★★★★★

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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    "I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one's burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must…

  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

    ★★★★★

    "While embarrassing, at this time I wanted to plunge into the adult world by myself. In other words, I wanted to drink my own way... without regard for my senpai."

    The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl really bowled me over in a way that I wasn't expecting. I knew almost nothing about it going in (I certainly hadn't seen The Tatami Galaxy, although I am watching it now), but I wasn't totally sold on its unique visual style from…

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  • Bullet in the Head

    Bullet in the Head

    ★★★★★

    "Hong Kong sucks! We'll never get anywhere in this place!"

    Three childhood friends, Ben, Frank, and Paul, now slightly grow up and dabbling in a life of crime, attempt to rescue a singer from being forced into prostitution by going to war with the mob boss who controls her, and in the ensuring aftermath of this battle they essentially stumble right onto the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This is no accident: their violent lives are a reflection of the…

  • A Better Tomorrow II

    A Better Tomorrow II

    ★★★

    "In our time, we had a code of behavior. You respect me and the respect is doubly returned."

    The impossibility of going straight in a crooked world: unchangeable Goliathan power structures, their unbreakable vice grip on the rest of society, and the self-destructive nature of David's only means of resistance. The only people who can successfully "go straight" under such a broken social system are ironically the crooked businessmen who allow society's corruption into their souls, the syndicate that becomes…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★

    In a selfish attempt to cope with his separation anxiety, a sociopathic student abuses his relationship with his mentally unstable best friend in order to throw his future away on a single day of raucous debauchery.