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  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom

    ★★★★½

    Turns out, technical mastery garnished with badass swordplay is a recipe for greatness, who would've thought? Okamoto's compositions are gorgeous, and Tatsuya Nakadai as Ryunosuke is one of the baddest mothers to ever do it. Filling each bright frame with the indomitable darkness of his kimono, he's further dehumanized through the obfuscation of his face behind the large straw hat. His performance is one of madness, ripping and tearing through challenge after challenge, cutting down righteous adversaries with a step…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    Indecipherable, unnerving, and nightmarish, Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue is one of the most unpleasant films I've had the pleasure of seeing. A film that absolutely takes advantage of its medium, Perfect Blue combines dream-like sequences and visuals with chilling music cues, and offers transitions that flow seamlessly between reality and the unchecked paranoia of Mima's mind. The animation is gorgeous and the grotesque look of the figure opposite Mima is unsettling to no end.

    I can't say that I had…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★½

    For a three year stretch before their divorce when I was 7, my parents would take their income tax disbursement check and take me on trips to Disney or Universal Studios in Orlando. I was a child of rural Floridian poverty, so these trips to Orlando felt absolutely magical, being in a big (in comparison) city and staying overnight in a place that wasn’t my own or my grandparents’. We stayed in hotels similar to the ones featured in The…

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    ★★★★½

    This film exudes an innate musicality. It’s not just the driving score that punctuates the gorgeous black and white cinematography, but the ‘capital M’ Musical rhythm that infects the entire cast. People bounce and breath coolness through cigarette clad lips, the camera follows them in such a way to make it feel like the world moving around them, rather than feeling like the actors moving around a set. I really can’t say enough about just how wonderfully shot this film…