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  • Ran
  • Cure
  • High and Low
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  • Blissfully Yours

    ★★★★½

  • Detective vs. Sleuths

    ★★★★

  • Eye Myth

  • Inception

    ★★★★½

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  • Ratatoing

    Ratatoing

    ½

    This would be joe biden’s america

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  • Blissfully Yours

    Blissfully Yours

    ★★★★½

    This guy is good at making movies methinks

  • Detective vs. Sleuths

    Detective vs. Sleuths

    ★★★★

    The latest from Wai Ka-fai, one of Hong Kong’s (and the world’s) foremost cinematic luminaries and lunatics, is thoroughly of a piece with the rest of his filmography. His work outside of his lauded partnership with Johnnie To harnesses the manic energy he brings to that collaboration and indulges it on every front. The comparison that comes to me is Tsui Hark, although it’s one borne from differences: Tsui, I’ve often remarked, is adept at fitting an almost abhorrent amount…

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  • The People You're Paying to Be in Shorts

    The People You're Paying to Be in Shorts

    ★★★★

    Those of us who are Jon Bois auteurists represent both a small section of Sarris acolytes and a small section of those who watch Bois’s work. We are dedicated, we are convinced of our cause, and we are correct — the value in his films is undeniable, his ability to channel the essence of any given sport as a microcosm of society through a carefully curated selection of moments and stories. He’s an essential 21st-century artist. He has his medium…

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    Section 1

    One of Bois’s most blunt equivalencies between sporting randomness and intricate human folly. Sets up its premise and rules at the very start and follows them to a T, forcing you into them and sweeping you up. In this way, it’s also Bois’s Speed. Pulls off the nearly impossible feat of making me root for the steelers. Pretty incredible.