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  • Dance With Me
  • The Good, The Bad, The Weird
  • Hard Boiled
  • Hero

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  • Pleasure

    ★★★★

  • Rebecca

    ★★★★

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★½

  • King of New York

    ★★★★

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  • The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    ★★★★★

    A 21st-century blockbuster western, made from all the parts of previous westerns while being distinctly its own thing, made possible due to its casually PG-13 deconstruction of problematic genre tropes and narratives by being viewed through the memories of a Comanche Indian as he beseeches future generations to remember our country's inherently bloody colonialist roots, how companies will inevitably end up corrupt through the greed of man and how that corruption will cajole the government to support their designs while…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    For many films, emotion is the essence of, and that which is coaxed from, a character. They get to be dramatic, expressive, impassioned, perhaps displaying their scene-chewing abilities from time to time.

    For Hamaguchi, it's the opposite. His characters are so restrained, so mundane, so subdued in their expressions, that for a long time it just seems like you're watching a well-filmed documentary. People talk at a dinner table like the way your quiet family would with unexpected guests, the…

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  • Pleasure

    Pleasure

    ★★★★

    Maps out the destructive facets of the pornography industry without shaming its participants, instead supportive of those who seek sex work and depicts them just as anyone else before it does them as fantasies. Bella is a woman who wants to work in porn for a myriad of possible reasons which could be inferred, but is answered as simply as she "loves cock." Good for her, and good for getting paid to do what you love, and she even discovers…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★

    A haunting so complete, so traumatic, so deeply malicious that it works to erase its own existence as anomaly in order to re-establish itself as natural phenomena. Not only that, it erases the presence of others so thoroughly they literally lack an identity, an existence which begins the process of becoming overridden by remnants of the past, a reverse-osmosis in which what should be a definable thing becomes an anonymous nothing by being absorbed into its surroundings. The parasitic twin, inverted.

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★½

    We can't help but feel like the worst person in the world. Not to our friends necessarily, or our families for that matter, or even to the one(s) we share a bed with, but to ourselves. Decisions we made that we can't really call 'self-destructive', that's not quite it, but destroys our lives anyways. Destroys what we've built the last few years of our lives, and with no idea of how we'll survive after. Why do we do this to…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★★½

    I have absolutely zero standards.