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  • Yi Yi
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Minding the Gap

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    ★★★★½

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

  • Barren Lives

    ★★★

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★

    A beautiful, humanist fable where mercy,  kindness, and empathy eventually triumph over man’s worst, most cruelest impulses. So tragic, so poignant, so deeply and unendingly compassionate. I’ve been meaning to watch this for a really long time, and I’m glad that it’s all I hoped it’d crack up to be.

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    ★★★★½

    You can feel the fury coursing through this film’s veins, through every fractured sequence, through every tense downbeat from the film’s rushing, funky score, through every look of steely resolve in Melvin Van Peeble’s eyes. It’s genuinely disarming just how virtuosic and daringly directed this thing is — it’s so dense, so avant-garde, so confrontationally disorienting both in visuals and sound, and one really just has to admire how ahead of its time it feels. Sweet Sweetback is a gutsy,…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    Eventually, her screams become so constant, so hellish, so unrelenting, so utterly, terrifyingly all-consuming, that it’s the silence that speaks the loudest. The cold buzz of electricity — of a generator, of a car battery, of the titular vehicle of carnage — never seems to pause for a reprieve, and it turns the film into a live wire, crackling with violent, explosive sparks at every turn. Never has the imagery been more elementally horrifying, depicting a vile, gangrenous rot of…

  • Céline and Julie Go Boating

    Céline and Julie Go Boating

    ★★★★★

    This is so tangled, so complex, so simple, so lovable, so utterly magical that I genuinely can’t wait to rewatch it already. Celine and Julie is a work of cinema transcendental (think Caetano Veloso), a film whose meta-textual narrative seems to be embedded in itself, if that at all makes sense. The scope of all this is genuinely insurmountable to me — this is a film about two woman, seemingly cosmically intertwined, swept up in the melodrama of performance as…