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  • The Equalizer 2

    The Equalizer 2

    ★★★

    Extra star for R-rated explicit violence, the overall exploitation quality of the movie, the black movie trailers that aired before it, and a scene that seems like it was written by Denzel Washington to the audience.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    ★★★★★

    "...reflective men often find themselves at a place removed from the realities of life. In any case, we should all prepare a place where we can accommodate all the tragedies that sooner or later will come to our lives. But this is an economy few people care to practice."

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  • 10/65: Self-Mutilation

    10/65: Self-Mutilation

    ★★★★★

    I don't usually make note of short films on Letterboxd, especially ones that aren't even five minutes long. But SELF-MUTILATION exerts such immense force I need to remember it.

    An art performance shot in 1965 on silent black-and-white film, this short unspools the horror of corporeal discomfort with disturbing, rapid cuts, more effective than a hundred bad B films. We don't simply see a distorted face writhing in pain, but the performer's stunted efforts to correct his malady with clusmy, mechanical implements.

    His attempts to normalize only change the quality of his out-of-sortness.

  • Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone

    Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone

    ★★★★

    This is Japanese animation director Takeshi Koike's second feature film, or is it? It's divided into two 25-minute chunks, and episodic in nature, featuring a recap at the beginning of the second half. One can't help but wonder if these were intended to be direct to video episodes, or the pilot for a series, because the presentation is so un-cinematic.

    In any case, DAISUKE JIGEN'S GRAVESTONE is Koike's stab at the massive fictional world of Lupin the Third, which was…