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  • Pierrot le Fou
  • War of the Worlds
  • Paisan
  • To Live and Die in L.A.

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  • Wings of Desire

    ★★½

  • Beau Travail

    ★★★★

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★½

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★★

    “You have every right to work, but not to expect the result. 
    Let not the result be your motive, nor let your attachment be to inaction.
    I don’t care about the result.
    I will be moving forward to my goal until my last breath.”

    Holy shit. By far the best theater experience I’ve ever had. I heard so much praise for RRR prior to actually viewing the film, and it exceeded all expectations—and then some. Each action scene here would…

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★½

    “It is said that what is called ‘the spirit of an age’ is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation.”

    So fucking cool. RZA score/soundtrack goes, unsurprisingly. Such a distinct, compelling, and complex tone that, with a meditative through line, balances grim fatalism, wry humor, and warm humanity.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    The structure is laughably bloated—for one thing, how many goddamn climaxes does this movie have? Paired with a whopping 152 minute running time, the perceived length of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is unendurable. It's a shame; otherwise this probably would've been entertaining enough, perhaps even something greater. I applaud Rian Johnson's relative experimentation within the Star Wars sequels formula and much of the criticism directed towards this (particularly those who accuse this of "disrespecting Star Wars" or anything that…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    Howard Hawks famously said that a good movie is "three great scenes, no bad ones." More literally, he probably meant "only three showy scenes," and it's sound logic, of which Memories of Murder can be viewed as confirmation. The film is languorous, the direction is subdued, far from showy, excepting those "three [roughly] scenes." Yet riveting throughout. Bong Joon-ho expertly utilizes the rule of thirds, visual balance, and placing the camera at just the right angle to strikingly capture all…