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  • The Crazy Family
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Solaris
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  • The Cat

    ★★½

  • Emotion

    ★★★★

  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    ½

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★½

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  • Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    Higurashi: When They Cry - NEW

    ★★★★½

    I don’t often do TV season reviews, but I’d really like to talk about Higurashi. I have far too much to say. Loads of it isn’t about the current season itself, so I don’t blame you for dipping out, though I think all of it ties together in the end, and either way I just wanted to get my thoughts out there. This review is spoiler-free. However, because Higurashi is about a mystery, be warned that I vaguely talk about…

  • Love Exposure

    Love Exposure

    ★★★★★

    Film #91 that was recommended to me -- now subject to loose, arbitrary ranking! (Recommended by Nadia)

    There is so much going on here that writing about this film is daunting. It might not look like there is much depth, as some ridiculous story about a guy who becomes a master of the art of upskirt photography, but this isn’t just random wackiness and the 4 hours are certainly not wasted. Underneath everything else going on, it’s also a simple,…

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  • The Cat

    The Cat

    ★★½

    Hooptober 8 -- 26/31

    I was warned ahead of time that this features some probable animal cruelty, and sure enough, it does. Real shame -- it's pretty awful if what seems to be happening to the cat really is. That always spoils the mood.

    Even without that, I expected more fun than I found here. The best thing I can say about The Cat is that when it lets loose, it's got some neat effects, and I respect that it…

  • Emotion

    Emotion

    ★★★★

    Following Lovely Devils, I was reminded that this has been hiding away in the special features of Criterion's House release, and I had to have more.

    While my previous Obayashis have seen the director introduce loads of creative energy into originally recognizable settings, Emotion is something totally different. As an experimental short, it's very much lacking a clear throughline -- I had thoughts on ways to possibly analyze this initially, but as the film progressed they were increasingly undermined or…

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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

    As I write this review, very early morning May 31st, 2020, protests are erupting in what seems to be damn near every major city in the United States. George Floyd has recently become yet another victim of police brutality, as a cop used his knee to crush Floyd's neck for almost 9 whole minutes until he died. Derek Chauvin is a murderer. The other 3 cops who watched it happen are no better. Of course, you'd hardly know that from…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ½

    So, this is my 1000th logged film. I wanted to do something special for it, watch a film I’m really interested in like Tsai Ming-Liang’s The Wayward Cloud, one of the few remaining movies I haven’t seen by that director who means quite a lot to me. But it’s completely unavailable anywhere. The only source I can manage to find is an overpriced DVD on Amazon that reviews say is a bad quality DVD-R with the film burned to it.…