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  • Ran
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die
  • Benediction
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  • Firebird

    ★½

  • The Keep

    ★★

  • Diary of the Dead

  • Prince of Darkness

    ★★½

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    [99]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. It may be worth mentioning that this review is written with a more pragmatic, perhaps simplistic, approach in mind since this is for a different audience. And, if you've been a regular reader of my Kurosawa reviews lately, some things mentioned here may seem a little repetitive, again because of a different audience. Possibly, I might refashion it later.

    As a stroke of sheer coincidence, I noticed that I had written…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

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

    [86]

    A piece I wrote for my university's paper. The larger piece does not contain spoilers, but — for the content I cut for the paper — some spoilers will be found in the appendices which follow the review.

    ‘Parasite,’ the brilliant Korean Best Picture winner

    My affair with writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” began back in August, then three months after its premiere at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival where it won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, the…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★

    Fiction via nonfiction, false idolatry disguised as reverence. A bizarre marriage of self-aggrandizing stylizations (i.e. von Trierisms; illogical color and aspect ratio changes, fetal telepathy, et al.) and the cruelty of men, thought to be their protectors, upon women, e.g. (but done much better in) Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me*. Under Dominik's repetitive command, it's like watching a woman being dragged for three hours through an abattoir, with a cattle gun to the skull awaiting her (and us, for…

  • Athena

    Athena

    ★★½

    A fire-blooded, high-speed locomotive filled with petrol and gunpowder set to explode. To an extent, it's impressive as a force of action filmmaking, but as much it wants to be a raging potboiler about a violent revolt following the murder of a French-Algerian teenager in a French banlieue, it also wants to be an opera—an enticing design in theory, but one that only succors contradictions between form and narrative. Those impressive long tracking shots (similar to those found in Nemes'…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    [28]

    May write more on a later date. It's late and I'm tired (probably no thanks to this film in part), but I aim to muster up enough strength to marginally lambaste this. As tainted by the name of Bryan Singer as it very much is, this is just a thoroughly dim-witted, banal, apocryphal affair that was categorically crafted to cater to as large an audience as possible, never minding to shoot the film in any imaginative way, technically or…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    [76]

    Hadn't seen this since its theatrical run nearly four years ago, and my recent reading of Pynchon's source novel, after having also spent a hallucinatory, psychosexual jaunt through Gravity's Rainbow, a leviathan of a tome, it gave me the urge to revisit this, and I must admit, as far as screen adaptations go, this is an almost altogether faithful one. Like The Big Sleep, all those years ago, the type of film that adheres to the old Godard-spouting adage…