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Favorite films

  • Seven Samurai
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Southland Tales

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  • Dante's Inferno

    ★★★

  • Broken Blossoms

    ★★★★★

  • Fort Apache

    ★★★★★

  • Woyzeck

    ★★★

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

    i've watched and loved a number of tsai ming-liang's films recently for reasons that are all present in full force here, and at this point he has become one of my favorite directors. one is forced to experience space and time more fully, yet i wish all of his films were twice as long because it's hard not to fall in love with their characters and environments. tsai's sense of humor is great, as is his framing of loneliness, and as a result each painstakingly composed long take can be amusing or devastating or both at once. and that toilet scene is an all-timer.

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★★

    pickup on south street exemplifies the best characteristics of film noir. packs a great story filled with snappy, clever writing and memorable characters/performances in high-contrast black and whites, all moving through fuller's exciting camerawork which creeps in on its characters' emotions at their pivotal moments and uses very deliberate cuts to ramp up the tension, and manages to deliver all these filmmaking feats in less than 90 minutes. this is particularly edgy for noir in that the sympathy for the…

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  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

    tsukamoto is very good at his craft, which is making movies as wet and metallic as possible. 86 minute panic attack. soundtrack is awesome, cute beat at the end.

  • A Moment of Romance

    A Moment of Romance

    ★★★★★

    a short glimpse into a love so tangibly potent that it begins to infringe on reality, which has no choice but to intervene in turn and crush it by any means necessary. this is the ultimate fantasy film for boys and girls but just for a moment.