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  • Kamome Diner
  • Faces Places
  • Wild Zero
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★½

  • Class of Nuke 'Em High

    ★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★½

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    This reminds me of Julia, a kindred spirit to Faye Wong, who loved this film and told me all about it, but not enough for me to watch it until 15 years later because I am a total idiot.

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★½

    This movie is extremely dumb, but it has a lot of beautiful set pieces and is decent fun. Honestly, the Nic Cage/Lupin crossover promised in the opening scenes would have been better than what we got BUT this movie was at least never boring and moved at a quick pace. Joey described this as "like an image comic that would have gotten canceled after five issues" and that feels right.

    The writing was real rough but I respect the attempt…

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  • Secrets in the Hot Spring

    Secrets in the Hot Spring

    ★★★½

    This film is a lot of fun if a little predictable and just spooky enough. Lin He Xuan's character Lu Qun is a real standout. He has excellent physical comedic timing and is totally ridiculous.

    Main cons: This movie is basically 75% gay jokes, but are mild enough. There's a girl character that seems inserted only to not have the main young cast all be men, and you can tell the writers didn't really know what to do with her.

  • Amulet

    Amulet

    ★★★★

    This is a beautiful film for a debut, with a lot of care going in to the cinematography. It's a uneasy rumination on the true nature of forgiveness and a harsh criticism of modern Christianity's gift of self-atonement.

    Gets real weird at the end in a delightful way. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Romola Garai's work.

    Slow burn horror that doesn't really ever get TOO gross or scary, if that's an issue.

    This is definitely one of those…