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  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★

  • The Assassin

    ★★★½

  • Unfriended

    ★★★★½

  • Harakiri

    ★★★★★

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  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    ★★★★

    The specter of colonialism looms large over Matul. The living dead rise from graves of Spanish conquistadors and ravage the island natives and those who visit. The new white/European colonizers “know” the phenomenon can be explained rationally, meanwhile the natives know exactly what’s happening. They’ve experienced this type of invasion and violence for hundreds of years. The only solution for the modern settlers is to burn the entire island down, and yet the plague of colonialism and white supremacy is too ubiquitous and pervasive to be contained within the confines of a small Caribbean island nation. Paradise is overrun with blood and artifacts of previous conquests.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★★★½

    This is much more Robert Bresson than Zhang Yimou. The director being who he is should have prepared me for that, and yet I was still taken aback by how much effort was taken to narrow the scope of the film. In what could have easily been spun into a grand epic of feuding clans in 8th century China, Hou instead finds something much more intimate and even routine. In lieu of sweeping widescreen camerawork highlighting large scale battle sequences,…

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  • Sully

    Sully

    ★★★★½

    "It's been a while since New York had news this good... especially with an airplane in it."

    Jon Ronson wrote a book titled, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed." It sought to expose a vicious proclivity in the hive mind of indignant masses. While Sully is hardly shamed in the eyes of the public, the same can't be said of the NTSB or the media; inclined as it is to service tension and forge doubt even in those having directly participated…

  • Canyon Passage

    Canyon Passage

    ★★★★★

    Easily one of the best Westerns I've ever seen, CANYON PASSAGE is elegant, intricate, nuanced and just phenomenally crafted. The writing is as vibrant as the Pacific Northwest colors that embolden the environs. At once masterfully low key and simmering with wanderlust and unrealized romance, CANYON PASSAGE derives much of its drama from questions of an existential nature. What does "home" mean in the era of burgeoning metropolises? Competing theories play out side by side as homesteaders find their "home"…