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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Mulholland Drive
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  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★★½

  • Oldboy

    ★★★★★

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    ★★★½

  • Ikiru

    ★★★★★

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★½

    Dude, the main theme of this film's score is a definitely an 80's synth, Carpentered-out reworking of Where is my Mind?. I know that the horror community has heard enough Pixies references this year between the Fear Street films and Brand New Cherry Flavor, but I submit this 100% objectively true counterpoint: You can never have enough Pixies references.


    Now this.... this is my type of horror: boundlessly creative in design, unafraid to take chances and full of tasty aesthetic,…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    On one hand, it's pretty shocking to see that such a confidently presented and steady film is actually the feature debut for director Darius Marder. On the other hand, it's almost expected that this could be the case when a film feels so unique and fresh. This is a viewing experience so intimate that you might feel almost voyeuristic while watching. This is down to a few things mostly: the cinematography style, a decidedly naturalistic tone that almost feels like…

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  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    ★★★½

    Park Chan-wook wraps up his thematically related revenge trilogy with a surprising air of hope and redemption that largely went missing from the earlier installments. This film still does show several negative consequences of vengeance as with the other two films, but I'm thankful for the final breath of catharsis given here after watching all three films in reasonable proximity.


    Another revenge tale in this Park trilogy: this time about a young woman who spent a baker's dozen years imprisoned…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    This feels like a large step forward into pure greatness from the interesting and powerful, but slightly uneven and focus-muddled, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Park Chan-wook's second revenge installment, Oldboy, is a film that feels very much in control of its tone and mystery abduction/revenge plot, 100% captivating from its first briskly scored and bouncing beat. We get an immediate air of compelling mystery as the story begins, with enthusiastic and beautifully shot direction. We get a truly masterful performance…

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Equally heartbreaking and heartwarming but without ever feeling too weepy or too sentimental in a contrived way, Ikiru might just be that elusive perfect drama: devastatingly real and beautiful, devoid of Oscar-baiting. This is the story of an old man who was dead inside from years of mundane office work and then told that he will soon be dead in a more literal sense due to stomach cancer. The man enters emotional and existential crisis, quickly trying to make up…

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Just imagine how bad plans 1-8 must have been.