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  • Landscape in the Mist
  • Confessions Among Actresses
  • Death by Hanging
  • Entranced Earth

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  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★

  • Burning Snow

    ★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★

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  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    Ok, but where the hell is his friend's house?

  • Burning Snow

    Burning Snow

    Tam's Burning Snow in many respects is one of his most cold, hopeless films - the promise of escape through love and connection is nothing but a reprieve from the abuse and subjugation at the hands of oppression. Our main protagonist can not free herself from her prison through the circumvention of violence, or peaceful departure, and Burning Snow posits violence as a necessity for release. Where the forbidden love archetype suggests the potential for escape, even in the film's…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    A complete and utter disaster that is quite frankly an abomination in which everyone involved should be deeply ashamed. The film's playfulness is such a gross miscalculation, sending the film down a path of tonal degradation where the dire nature of such human catastrophe never feels palatable or as tense or dangerous as it should. The structure and narrative are a compelling starting point but the treatment of the material, the playful formalist designs, are so terribly misguided that when…

  • Yokohama BJ Blues

    Yokohama BJ Blues

    Seedy locales and blue-hued cityscapes exude a pathos of nihilism and sadness throughout this peculiar but memorable neo-noir in which a blues singer, who moonlights as a PI, gets involved in an altercation with a prominent gang. Sexual repression and homosexual undertones implicitly contextualize this film's environment, one in which the fringes of Japanese society live in the shadows of Japan's social conservatism culture. Few films have made Japan look this seedy. The aesthetic and cinematography complement the underlying psyche…