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  • High and Low
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • In the Mood for Love

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  • Dead Ringers

    ★★★★½

  • Police Story 2

    ★★★½

  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

  • The World's End

    ★★★★

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    Every now and then you get lucky enough to find a movie that seems tailored-made to fit your tastes, and Le Samourai does just that. I always love movies that showcase the competence of the characters, and the cat-and-mouse game here was expertly carried out. Add on top of that the aesthetics that practically define the word "cool", a dreamy jazzy soundtrack, and that oh-so-deliberate pacing. This checks all of my boxes, and now I can't wait to catch up…

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  • Police Story 2

    Police Story 2

    ★★★½

    While I think the sequel to Police Story is a better “movie” (I.e. pacing, characters) it misses the balls to the wall stunts of the first. There are still amazing fights, balletic choreography, and inventive prop use, but it feels like those aspects were toned down to focus on police procedural aspects. Not a terrible decision, but I tuned in for Jackie going nuts and was left a little disappointed. Still a fun watch, though

  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    ★★★

    design: fantastic
    Pugh: great
    themes: muddled
    plot mechanics: hand-wavey
    ending: confounding

    movie: fine

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  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

    Fe(MAY)le Directors Challenge: 24/30

    Every once in a while you watch a film that shakes up what you think a film can do. I knew that this was going to be a slow and contemplative movie, but the reality of the monotony and detail presented really forced me to change how I addressed a typical narrative film. The first third of the movie is so rhythmic and so slow that it lulls you into an almost meditative state as you…

  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★★½

    Fe(MAY)le Director's Challenge: 20/30

    A family drama with a thoroughly rotten core. Lucrecia Martel is able to craft a movie, which can be gorgeous, but reeks with lethargy, alcoholism, racism, obsession, and deterioration. From the stunning opening scene we are presented with a world which is... off... and its a fascinating journey to try to unravel the story.

    There is so much about this movie that is unsaid. The family dynamics are often unspecified and the viewer has to work…