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  • The Killers

    The Killers

    ★★★★

    Medea wrangles many an Argonaut, but it all topples when Jason goes first. Two-faced arbiters of noir, split on goals or on fates, manipulate from afar: O’Brien the leader of the chorus, Gardner the siren song, and Lancaster molded from the echoes. What begins as Nighthawks ends as the relitigated mirror, slanting down on the world’s playpieces with each angled shadow judging the other. Tragedy’s system works as always, staging everyone for the set and every outcome to become a…

  • The Madness of Youth

    The Madness of Youth

    ★★★

    A waitress observes all the consumerist excess of her Sun Tribe regulars, laid out to rot under lamplight revealing what’s left behind. Moments before, everyone seemed in control, able to get much from little; now there’s nothing here valuable enough to replace what’s gone. 

    When things go wrong in a story like this, there’s no time at all before every thing becomes a symbol. This runs the risk of making genre-typical imagery either mundane or saturated with suggestion. But shots…

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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    There are too many ways to review a great movie like this. So I'm going to start at the stop and end at this flick's beginning. Does that sound okay?

    To be honest, Seven Samurai's ending speaks more thematically than the rest of the film. Every important plot event happens prior to Kambei, Shichiroji, and the pupil Katsushiro staring at the distant harvest before them—but this solemn finale takes the formal precedents established in earlier parts of the movie and…

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    ★★★★

    Gainax is no longer famous for its early works—the least of which known might be Royal Space Force. Defining points in their timeline, like Evangelion and Gurren-Lagann, are more mainstream and attractive overall within the anime industry the studio has influenced. On occasion, remnants of the past creep in from the early days when intrepid anime fans like Toshio Okada and Hiroyuki Yamaga convinced their colleagues that vision mattered more than experience. A movie like Royal Space Force would rarely…