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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    A descent into a layered psychological nightmare about self-image and the influence of public perception that plays like a giallo.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Briefly worried that this one was not going to hit me on an emotional level the way I was hoping, but Céline Sciamma has such a tight control over the longing and romantic tension, unleashing it at just the right moments.

    Heartbreaking but somehow not entirely tragic, finding a sort of peace in shared bittersweetness.

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    Audio commentary by director Robert Bierman and actor Nicolas Cage.

    90 minutes of Bierman and Cage giggling in awe and confusion at what a ridiculous, ludicrous, insane movie they were able to get away with making, and it is glorious. Essential companion viewing to the film itself.

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard

    ½

    First things first: The Die Hard sequels can never be Die Hard. Despite a handful of cheesy moments, the original film is a masterpiece of action movie engineering. The writing and acting are top-notch all by themselves, but it's John McTiernan's brilliant direction that sets the movie head and shoulders above 99% of the genre, and the trajectory of Die Hard 2 (love it or hate it) established that key plot elements and the McClane character would be the backbone…