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  • The Thing
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Margaret
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

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  • Gamera: Super Monster

  • Promare

    ★★★★★

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

  • Gamera vs. Zigra

    ★★

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  • Gamera: Super Monster

    Gamera: Super Monster

    This is barely a movie--recycled footage from every single Gamera fight slapped onto a skeleton of a plot involving three Sailor Moon-esque lady superheroes and a kid who dreams about Gamera a lot for reasons never fully explained. There's a naked ripoff of the Star Destroyer from Star Wars (it's even shot in the same way), the movie very noticeably switches from film to video whenever there's an in-camera effects shot, the roughly two minutes of new Gamera footage consists…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Ok yeah this is definitely the best one so far. I would be shocked that Brad Bird is so much more elegant at directing action than JJ Abrams, but...well, I guess directing animation is almost entirely focused on action. In any event, it's really cool how like, even if you didn't know that the Burj Khalifa setpiece was actually filmed on location, you can just kind of *sense* that that's actually Cruise, and he's actually dangling a thousand feet in…

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  • Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    Dou kyu sei – Classmates

    ★★★★½

    Dou kyu sei is apparently the first yaoi to see theatrical release in Japan (and by extension, anywhere), and it's easy to see why--it almost feels insulting to call it a yaoi, considering how negatively loaded the term is, how uninterested the movie is in titillation, and how little its leads conform to the regressive dynamics (often rooted in sexual harassment and abuse) typical of the genre.

    Instead, Dou kyu sei is a feather-light series of snapshots chronicling the year-long,…

  • Death in Venice

    Death in Venice

    ★½

    cw: pedophilia

    Björn Andrésen, who plays the adolescent object of desire in Death in Venice, has spoken extensively about how gross this movie has made him feel in the decades since its release. In particular, he's recounted how director Luchino Visconti made him go to a gay bar at Cannes that year, where he was ogled by the much older clientele, and how gross and objectified it made him feel. His career after Death in Venice has been more or…