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  • In Water

    ★★★

  • Never Weaken

    ★★★★½

  • Demons

    ★★★★

  • Zatoichi on the Road

    ★★★

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  • In Water

    In Water

    ★★★

    For me, the greater part of creative work is simply a sustained period of thinking. It’s painful, to tell the truth, not the type of thinking you’ve grown accustomed to in everyday life—feels like something is burning inside your head. The young director of the film within Hong Sang-soo’s film, In Water, is burning intensely, though I had a few doubts about him at first. I thought, with his seeming aimlessness, that he might simply be waiting for inspiration to…

  • Never Weaken

    Never Weaken

    ★★★★½

    Mildred Davis is present in this, the last of Harold Lloyd’s short comedies before he moved into feature films, but the all-consuming yet somehow innocent attraction Lloyd feels for her is not the central element of Never Weaken’s plot. The most important relationship here is actually the one between Lloyd and the modern city, depicted as bewitching, bewildering, and terrifying in equal measure.

    Lloyd’s love for Davis, “the girl,” is bucolic in nature, old fashioned and pure. They should be…

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  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★★★

    A cold, black nightmare, nearly the equal of Harakiri as an anti-samurai film, though where Harakiri had a human heart, Demons has only hardened despair. There’s undeniably something of Bresson in director Toshio Matsumoto’s embittered view of the world, and, in repeated shots of the 100 ryo currency which orbits evilly through the circular plot, a prefigurement of his L’Argent.

    In Demons, a samurai is given money by his loyal servant which is supposed to enable him to go on…

  • The Man Who Stole the Sun

    The Man Who Stole the Sun

    ★★★★½

    An absurd comedy that’s as black as the doomsday clock at midnight. It’s fascinatingly difficult to parse the motivations of its main character, high school science teacher Kido, as we watch him go through the very detailed process of constructing a nuclear bomb. He’s bored, doesn’t really seem to care about anything, has no connections with other people. Definitely no political opinions—the first demand he makes once he’s built the bomb is for the government to force the TV networks…

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