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  • Floating Weeds

    Floating Weeds

    ★★★★

    When Sumiko lights Komajiro's cigarette when he can't find a match. Pure Ozu.

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★½

    Concise, sharp, almost perfect.

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  • From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

    From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

    ★★½

    Hong Kong luxury high rises with an architectural quirk as a symbol of ideological resistance to Chinese "authoritarianism". Whatever. The fact that this symbol of 'resistance' is also valued at six-figures per square foot shows that architecture (and ideological resistance) is shaped by class.

    Amazing drone cinematography, recalls Ernie Gehr's work. Immensely better if viewed on mute.

  • The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp

    The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp

    ★★★★½

    The history of cinema in 11 shots told through the story of a prostitute's liberation from her pimp. Each section can be understood in terms of a specific moment in the history of cinema: 1. Lumiere (documentary), 2. Griffith (theater), 3. Hollywood (narrative cinema), 4. Straub-Huillet: A new cinema born from the marriage of a liberated woman and man brought by the summer wind as it sweeps through the trees in the sunlight.