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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Baraka
  • He Who Must Die
  • Ace in the Hole

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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

  • Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends

    ★★★★

  • Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno

    ★★★½

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  • Hunt

    Hunt

    thankful that I watched this at home with wikipedia open, as it builds its labrinythine plot atop a foundation built from historical allusions to 80s politics in south korea, a topic with which I am only passingly familiar. some cracking shootouts reminiscent of Heat and Breaking News. ultimately found it hard to give this one a star rating though, as it was hard to figure out how much of my confusion to chalk up to me not being the target audience for the movie.

  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★

    a toxic little romantic noir that's a little bit phantom thread, a little bit gone girl. I have seen some complaints about park's stylistic decisions, especially during the surveillance scenes, obscuring parts of the story that should be straightforward and simple to follow... to which my question is: *should* they be straightforward and simple to follow? it seems to me that "are they together or not" and "how much of what I'm seeing is real" are in fact central concerns…

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  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    ★★★★

    I DO have a girlfriend she just... lives in another ecosystem OKAY

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    JJ Abrams helpfully put three metaphors for TROS into the movie itself.

    1) a scene in which a character combs through some ruins from the original trilogy in search of a macguffin that will lead to that trilogy's villain

    2) the reanimated corpse of the original trilogy's villain dangling from the strings of a giant machine, like a marionette

    3) a scene in which a character returns from beyond the grave to explicitly disavow his actions from the previous film