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  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man


    The Quiet Man is the most oddly fascinating John Ford film I've seen. The story is a baffling mix of idealised Irish fantasy and wife abuse culminating in a truly amazing fist fight that goes forever. Tonally, it's light but there's occasional shocking moments, like a dreamy flashback to John Wayne boxing a man to death. The cinematography is beautiful and textured. Everything outside blanketed in green, everything inside toasty and warm. The film plays with ideas of tradition and…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion


    The first time I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, I was told by a fan of the series to "not bother" with The End of Evangelion. I listened. That was a dumb thing to do, because End is a fucking masterpiece. I really love the end of the series, and I was afraid this movie would be a more straightforward finale, wiping the insanity of episodes 25 and 26 away. It is anything but. The opening half is fairly conventional (as…

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer


    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen


    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…