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  • Mirror
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • The Man Who Sleeps

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  • Day of the Dead

    ★★★★

  • Jigoku

    ★★★★

  • Mirrors

    ★★

  • Kisapmata

    ★★★★½

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  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★

    This was long overdue. Such an intelligent and well-written movie, with top flight gore/horror effects, perverse humour and a provocatively bleak vision. Also, it has the world's first true zombie hero in Bub who listens to Beethoven and eats people, plus one of the all-time great dismemberment sequences as a villain shouts "choke on them" to the monsters eating his innards lol.

  • Jigoku

    Jigoku

    ★★★★

    Like a matter of life and death, Jigoku uses the afterlife fantasy as a way of exploring state-of-the-nation concerns, and there’s a streak of conservatism in its suggestion that adoption of western dress, manners, values or vices automatically earns a place in a lake of burning oil haha. A fascinating bad dream of a picture – as if all the things repressed in, say, the films of Yasujiro Ozu, were to pour forth in a volcano of depravity! 

    If the first…

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  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★½

    This is my first filipino movie so obviously I had no expectations but damn, that was fucking intense. 

    Based on a real life murder scandal dating from 1961, it’s a carefully handled story of incestuous obsession, bolstered by strong performances, builds to a climax which would be melodramatic in less skilful hands. But on the way it also paints a frightening portrait of terrible family tensions, edge-of-insanity patriarchy, and Catholic repression which makes its wider social implications abundantly and devastatingly…

  • August in the Water

    August in the Water

    ★★★★½

    This movie just gave me massive hallucinogenic ambiance. The soundtrack really is the key to combining all the different aspects into one coherent film, making it a 117 minute trip into a surreal world. 

    “You know I feel terrified at the thought of dying before realising my ambitions. It keeps me awake at night.” 

    Taking in the whole spectrum of pre-millennial new age phenomena, August in the Water is a bit of a mixed bag. Thematically, it's a real inspiration.…