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  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    ★★★

    Last week I promised my fellow Collabers I'd take a stab at writing this review in Buñuel's native tongue, and while my Spanish is admittedly a bit rusty, I think I did alright here:

    Mi aerodeslizador esta lleno de anguilas.

    Comenzó con una sola anguila. Un amigo pidió traer la anguila a bordo y pensé: "Claro, ¿cuál es el daño?" Luego, más tarde, mientras estábamos cortando rábanos en la cocina, notamos que la anguila no estaba en su caja. Miramos a nuestro…

  • Night on the Galactic Railroad

    Night on the Galactic Railroad

    ★★★★★

    If you haven’t seen this one, it’s basically about two anthropomorphic cats on a train heading to (Christian) heaven. As they traverse the Milky Way, the two encounter several cosmic wonders (each divided by a chapter break written in Esperanto) and explore themes of happiness, loss, and self-sacrifice.

    Anyway, along the ride I noticed something interesting no one else seems to have mentioned:

    Just over 40 minutes in, the passengers of the train stand and marvel at a brightly shining…

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  • Island of Death

    Island of Death

    ★★★

    Here’s an oldie but a goodie; something to help set the mood:

    A tourist is backpacking through the highlands of Scotland and he stops at a pub to get a drink. The only people in there are the bartender and an old man nursing a beer. The tourist orders a pint. They sit in silence for awhile, then suddenly the old man turns to him and says, “You see this bar? I built this bar with my bare hands. Found…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist

    ★★★★★

    Since around the time she could speak, my daughter Kaia has been begging to watch a horror film. Our first ever parent/teacher meeting was to discuss her “unhealthy obsession” with zombies, for her first show-and-tell she shared the insert cover from Criterion’s Onibaba DVD, and we still have a drawing she did when she was six hanging from the refrigerator of two cats getting married... in a ceremony attended by Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Jigsaw, Frank the Bunny, Tarman, and Samara (characters…