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  • Magnolia
  • Blade Runner
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Heroes of the East

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  • Bullet Train

    ★★★★

  • Beans

    ★★★½

  • Prey

    ★★★★

  • Extreme Job

    ★★★★

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  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★★★

    Based on a Japanese novel I just done ordered because I'm too curious, Bullet Train is a wild and entertaining ride about a Tokyo-Kyoto train with various assassins pit against one another (and now I'm trying to hack the Tokaido board game to make the game's trip less relaxing). Brad Pitt plays the lead operative, a burnout trying to apply what he learned in therapy to the situation, but talking about the cast any more than that would be a…

  • Beans

    Beans

    ★★★½

    I remember the Oka Crisis pretty well. In 1990, I had just started on a journalism degree, and it was all over the news. White folk trying to encroach on Mohawk territory (including a graveyard) to build a golf course (of all things) out somewhere in Quebec (I was never good at Quebec geography, even though I lived near its border). A peaceful demonstration gone wrong. The reservation's residents dubbed domestic terrorists. Massive shows of racism ensue. I don't think…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    In pre-show interviews, Robert Eggers said this of The Lighthouse, that he wanted to make another film about misery, but this time make it a comedy. I joked that if this was going to be a comedy, it would be like that one Ingmar Bergman comedy (Secrets of Women). And I didn't know how right I was (though as a horror film, it also has shades of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf). There are funny moments in it, as might…

  • Doctor Who: The War Games

    Doctor Who: The War Games

    ★★★★★

    This huge 10-part epic keeps changing its premise and remains fresh throughout, and has some delicious villains, but more than that, it's ABOUT something. It's about the universality of war, and it's about the need to fight evil. It's also the introduction of the Time Lords, and the big goodbye to a Doctor, two companions, a series formula, a demanding schedule, and the whole of the black and white 60s. Being important, it's a must-see. So it's also a relief that it's so good.