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  • Wicked City

    ★★★

  • Ravenous

    ★★½

  • Wolf Guy

    ★★★

  • Abro Ne Bayie

    ½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

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    We mowen sweteli yencallen fylowingly,
    and houghbehit likynge of betre films past
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    for Eggers Y yerne, a filmwright ic deine
    Better heme-wel for grisle and grure in wode,
    Þat grene mere wher god man may tryst with temptacioun,
    Where wycchecrafte and sorseryes engrinen þe soule.
    From A24 usaunces cannet overscapeþ
    The Grene Knyght, non-ayen-stonding its vertues.

    Scattered beneath the greaves and ash-snow of confounding humour and…

  • Dynasty Warriors

    Dynasty Warriors

    ★★½

    Making a Dynasty Warriors film should have been very simple: the first scene introduces Lu Bu, and then the next two hours are a supercut of every playable character demonstrating their move set in front of a green screen. It's as easy as one, two, three kingdoms. Judging by the lack of Zhuge Liang in this film, however, it appears that the creators had no interest in strategies that work. After five years of waiting, what arrives under the guise…

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  • Wicked City

    Wicked City

    ★★★

    You need only four colors to make a movie: blue, black, red, and white. If you can blend them all together into some kind of grey fog, even better. I know I haven't explored the OVAs of the '80s and '90s nearly enough, but it feels like they were formulated differently once upon a time. While there's a wide range in quality and genre, there's a sense of darkness and danger that follows many of them, a kind of "too-hot-for-TV"…

  • Ravenous

    Ravenous

    ★★½

    As an American, this is what I imagine it's like in Quebec all the time. There aren't any actual zombies in this movie; it's just an episode of mass psychosis brought about by speaking Canadian French.

    Ravenous has a very unique take on zombies/zombie-like creatures; they have social dynamics and even something that vaguely resembles culture. The pacing is strange; there doesn't seem to be an actual plot, an impression heightened by the strangely tense, quiet atmosphere and repetitive scenery.…

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  • Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie

    Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie

    ★★★★

    "Everybody knows the Commies have shit AA defenses. Any idiot could land a Cessna in Red Square."
    "Huh?"
    "Uh... Forget that."

    Smash cut of the year. Facial expression of the year. Disgusting Gorbachev caricature of the year. Performance of the year from Aoi Yuuki, if we have to throw in one "real" thing. Who would have thought that the most freedom-chugging, Commie-bashing, Soviet-smashing ball of free-world frenzy since Red Dawn would be an anime about isekai Germany? "They're Commies. Blow…

  • [REC]²

    [REC]²

    ★★★½

    Lesson #1: If the Spanish SWAT team can conduct a raid on an apartment complex infested with evil while wearing masks, you can definitely suck it up and wrap a piece of cloth around your face when you go to the gym.

    Lesson #2: Aim your firearms responsibly. I cannot stress this enough.

    In preparation for this, I watched the first [REC] for the first time in almost a decade and found that it holds up remarkably well: it remains…