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  • Tombstone

    Tombstone

    ★★★★

    I love the mythos of the American West -- not necessarily the reality, because it's a lot more boring, but when you start to turn these gunfighters into legends you get magnificent stories and larger-than-life characters who fill the screen with their presence and make you yearn to be a gunslinger, blazing a trail through the frontier, taking on any challenger who stands in your way.

    There are a few gripes about this movie, though. The pacing was a little…

  • The Other Side of Hope

    The Other Side of Hope

    ★★★★★

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

    Every time I watch a film by Kaurismäki, I'm afraid. I'm afraid that somehow, I've only watched his absolute best so far, and that the next will be so underwhelming, so disappointing. However, this is never the case. Every one of the 7 features I have watched have been absolute gems, and Aki is cementing himself as one of my all-time favorites. He is right up there with Jim Jarmusch for me, two directors who consistently show why they're masters…

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  • Repo Man

    Repo Man

    ★★★★★

    Fuck this! Let's go do some crimes!

  • The Passage

    The Passage

    ★★★★½

    Ooooh, love me some 4:3 aspect ratio. It was so intimate, so personal. No matter what language we speak, some ideas are universal: fear, friendship, companionship, abandonment, family. This was absolutely hilarious, too. Almost as if Aki Kaurismäki was having a fever dream and recorded it.