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Top 4 from last 200 watched

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Favorite films

  • Mr. Vampire
  • Days
  • Exiled
  • Toni Erdmann

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  • Nostos: The Return

    ★★★

  • Identifying Features

    ★★★

  • Lonely Are the Brave

    ★★★½

  • Taking Off

    ★★★★

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  • Nostos: The Return

    Nostos: The Return

    ★★★

    Have now seen this along with Piavoli's Voices Through Time ('96) and At the First Breath of Wind ('02), and while not loving any of them I'm impressed by how the same director could make three 80-odd minute mostly dialogue-free films all be so different from each other.

  • Identifying Features

    Identifying Features

    ★★★

    Remember a few years ago when illegal immigration was one of America's top concerns? How quaint. Now it's 2022 and we're all fucked so might as well just open the border and prevent the needless suffering of our friendly southern neighbors wanting to trek here to seek a better life. Good luck, amigos! Meanwhile I'll slide down to gorgeous Mexico to work remotely and get drunk every day, exactly what I'm doing here in not-so-gorgeous middle Tennessee.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    The only Kurosawa I had seen was Rashomon (1950) in a class I took in college called Philosophy and Film. I remember dreading it. I don't care for period pieces. Rashomon surprised me. I was impressed by it. I remember the imagery being awe-inspiring and the film being masterfully put together. That said, I still feel as though Rashomon is overrated. The trifurcated plot device is gimmicky, not in the sense that it is lame, but that it is cause…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★

    After seeing Yi Yi (2000) many years ago, and now this, the best word I can think of to describe director Edward Yang is overkill.

    His movies consist of perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene after perfectly composed scene.

    Much action occurs, but Yang moves things along in so stately a manner that the most frequent sound is silence.

    The experience of going to see a Yang film is like being excited to dress up…