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  • Fitzcarraldo

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  • Ip Man

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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  • The Empty Man

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  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

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    Herzog, like the madman Fitzcarraldo himself, bastardizes the natural Peruvian landscape in pursuit of art. Thunderous explosions felling massive, ancient trees is an abject violence and horror I didn’t expect to experience. The threat of something going wrong, the threat of death and of disease, is palpable. This is a great film, albeit problematic.

    Returning to the jungles where he filmed Aguirre to give a new examination of hubris and of man against nature, Herzog pits his cast and crew…

  • Ip Man

    Ip Man

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    I had a lot of fun with this one. Despite being hilariously propagandistic at times, IP Man delivers some incredible fight choreography and serves as a great entry into the modern Kung-Fu genre. Though the film simultaneously seems to take itself too seriously while also seeming to parody itself, the final product that comes across is a sincere and heartfelt celebration of, and love letter to, the martial arts.

    The dialogue can be cheesy, the sets and plot points incredibly…

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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    We begin with a symphonic chorus, pan down from the clouds to the lush greenness of the Amazonian landscape to see our band of explorers, wholly inorganic, struggling step-by-step down the treacherous path to darkness. In Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God we are treated to a physical, psychological, and spiritual trial of man that is as powerful as it is unnerving. Delivering a more quiet and contemplative vision than I expected, this film expertly explores the hubris of man…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

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    This horror flick starts with a real bang but sadly ends in a confused fizzle. Where the imagery, the horror, and the setting of the prologue is as clear, simple, and terrifyingly crisp as the thin Bhutanese air where we meet our opening quartet, the last half of the film spirals away from classic horror opting for more mystery and thriller, losing its edge.

    Don’t get me wrong, this film has its moments. The performances, the cinematography, and the scares…