samcmac

I know I'm not a star, but I sure might be a moon.

Favorite films

  • The Great Earthquake
  • The Other Bank
  • The Square
  • Beijing Suburb

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  • Time Flies

    ★★★½

  • Fuji

    ★★★½

  • PBL #2

    ★★

  • Jamestown Baloos

    ★★★

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  • Big Tree County

    Big Tree County

    ★★★★

    An absolutely stunning piece of work that exudes as assured a mastery of the documentary form as any film I've seen from the likes of Wu Wenguang, Wang Bing, Duan Jinchuan, Xu Xin...but on the scale of an immaculate miniature (45 minutes in its original cut, 38 in a later reworking -- I watched both). (Piecing together the lost history of Chinese independent cinema, from the late-1980s to early 2000s, by scouring the deepest recesses of the industry and of…

  • Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers

    Bumming in Beijing: The Last Dreamers

    ★★★★

    Bet your eyes have opened today, Wenguang.
    The fuck do you know about art with your fucking documentary...

    An already colossally important film becomes an irrefutably great one in the form of this expanded, two hour-plus director's cut, which is apparently also the original cut of the film, before it was edited down to the 68-minute version that most have seen. (Probably because that's what Wu himself uploaded to Chinese video sites like Bilili years ago.) It's important to remember,…

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  • Tangled

    Tangled

    ★★★

    Always liked this (and remember the 3D in theaters being uncommonly good) but boy is the music booty

  • Manchurian Tiger

    Manchurian Tiger

    ★★

    There’s one very well-executed scene in mainland Chinese indie director Geng Jun’s Manchurian Tiger: Ma Qianli (Jun regular Zhang Zhiyong), a one-time-successful real estate mogul who’s now deep in debt, slumps back in his chair and solemnly smokes a cigarette as he plays voicemails from business partners who berate him over his poor finances. The camera pushes in on Ma slowly, until he looks up, seemingly breaks the fourth wall, and delivers a terse monologue: “Do you feel better after…

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    Anime in a-g.

    "I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't…

  • Young Ahmed

    Young Ahmed

    2 old white European dudes make a movie about a young radicalized Muslim boy what could go wrong