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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★

    This is my last review.

    Yi Yi is the kind of movie that really frustrates me. I've seen more movies than most people, and I've seen a wider variety of movies than most people. I even feel like I'm capable of appreciating a wider variety of movies than most people. I feel like I know movies! This is such a highly-regarded modern classic, and I just don't feel like I understand it the way I'm supposed to.

    So I quit. I'm going to watch something really dumb tonight.

  • Sorcerer

    Sorcerer

    ★★★★

    The Wages of Fear is the superior telling of this mothertruckin' thriller, but this William Friedkin movie delivers the goods. It just takes a really long time to get going. We begin with four vignettes that give some background on the four characters who will eventually be hauling dangerous explosions through troublesome terrain in a pair of dilapidated trucks. One's a hitman, one's a guy who owes people money, one's a terrorist, and one's that guy who was in Jaws.…

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Two steps forward, one step back. I looked it up, and that's essentially what's going on with a tango. I figured the structure of this would be like a 7 1/2 hour tango, and indeed, that's what it appears to be. You watch an initial scene unfold, an extended tracking shot that you expect when popping in a Bela Tarr movie, and then a true opening scene involving three characters, a scheme, and a little infidelity. Then, an inciting incident…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    It's all about the finer details with this one, like the condoms within reach or that fading sunlight reflected from a tower. We all know what that tower represents, and that makes it odd when it's what our protagonist seems to use as spank fodder while pleasuring himself during a trip to feed his gal's cat. This was pre- sunset interpretative dance, of course, which I have to admit made me big hungry. Like eating an imaginary tangerine, it's all…