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  • The Night I Swam

    The Night I Swam

    ★★★

    Mediative and quiet spin on a latchkey kid in a wintery Aomori, Japan. Well-made independent film that shows how the isolation and coldness is also experienced for the Japanese living there. Eerily relatable.

  • Charlie Chan in Paris

    Charlie Chan in Paris

    ★★★

    “Eyes of kitten open only after nine days”

    “Grain of sand in eye may hide mountain”

    Damn I love these one liners that Charlie Chan drops.

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  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

    ★★★

    I get the charm and novelty of this Hammer/Shaw mash-up but I wouldn’t classify this as a better representation from either studio. However, together they’ve found a unique balance. In essence 1+1=3 in this case. The fighting scenes aren’t great and the Hammer elements only serve to drive the plot. Neither executed very well but combined it becomes an entertaining watch. Fun to see Peter Cushing so active in fighting the vampires. Plenty of replay value.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite film of Fantastic Fest. Essential viewing not just for Jodo fans but anyone who loves art, music and/or film. If you create, you must see this this.