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  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

    21 years ago, at the wide-eyed age of 16, about two years into my love affair with Kurosawa films, I saw this, my first film from Jim Jarmusch. I had never seen anything quite like it before. I was equally impressed and baffled, which I suppose is typical of most things at that age.

    Tonight, I rewatched it with one of my oldest friends who was watching it for the first time. It was also their first experience with Jarmusch.…

  • The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived

    The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived

    ★★★★

    A laser-focused, invigorating militant film document from an often forgotten moment in Oman: The Dhofar War and the feminist-marxist forces behind the (ultimately short-lived) liberation of the country's southern region.

    Heiny Srour, her small crew of European and Arab progressives and the young women, men and children of the Dhofari Liberation show us that thru education - the awakening of political consciousness and solidarity - that true justice for the people is not just a dream beyond the horizon.
    It…

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  • Places in Cities

    Places in Cities

    ★★★★★

    Because this early film by Angela Schanelec has no reviews logged on Letterboxd I have gone back and dug up my initial thoughts on the film when I first saw it in October of 2012: 

    Places In Cities opens with a young man talking to a girl, her back to the camera. Her brown hair is pulled tight in a pony tail. He professes his love for her, knows that he is too old for her -- though he doesn’t…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★½

    My general disdain and then total disinterest in horror films that either premiered at Sundance or Cannes and were produced by A24 continues! 

    The name of this game tends to be technically competent first or second features that are by and large narrative garbage, with no clear handle on anyting but some hackneyed atmosphere. And this one... when it comes to any knowing and understanding about mental health, neuro-diverse/autistic minds, or heck even witch and occult stuff... gosh, this one is…