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  • Three Times

    Three Times

    ★★★★½

    It was a good idea to watch a mood piece like this tonight. Absolutely loved going with the flow of Hou Hsiao-hsien's elegant camera movements. The three parts all have steady pacing and to me felt very intense, but their tone shifts gradually. Shu Qi and Chang Chen embody lovers that never seem to meet each other under the perfect conditions, yet find some sort of solace while being in each others presence. The soundtrack, very different for each part, perfectly captures the feelings. I now really look forward to the next project of Hou, Shu and Chang.

  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo

    ★★★★

    Watched the US cut. Loved the vibe and the colors. The voice over fits the slow and casual pacing of the movie, giving the feeling of being stuck in time. It's a weird mix of nostalgia and suffocation. It works very well to lure the viewer. The movie traps you just as Vicky seems to be trapped in her abusive relationship. Even if I'd have wanted to I couldn't have escaped the feel the movie oozes. Definitely one that goes on my rewatch list.

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    The Captain

    ★★★★½

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  • Border

    Border

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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