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  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★

    carmen maura ugly crying in the back of the most garish cab in the universe is cinema.

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★

    perhaps the only way to provide a complete picture of contemporary japan is through violent sensory bombardment, vomiting up its horrors and obsessions in a deluge of guts, neon and twisted metal.

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  • Argo

    Argo

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    affleck has the gall to begin argo by drawing attention to the victimisation of the iranian people in the time preceding the iran hostage crisis--sporting a pile of bodies and multiple shots of starving and tortured iranians, no less-- only to segue into a rote (albeit effective) suspenseful patriotic crowdpleaser in the apollo 13 mould--one which insists americans deserve more credit for their ability to use lies to clean up their own messes. not a pinch of irony to be…

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★★

    there's a moment midway through harry potter and the deathly hallows: part 1 (hereafter harry potter 7a) when harry and hermione return to the place of harry's birth, and in reply to hermione's suggestion that they should've come disguised, harry says "no. this is where i was born. i'm not returning as someone else". it's one of about a thousand statements in this series of films which rings completely hollow and yet has to be said anyway, if only to…