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野火 Fires on the Plain (1959)

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No Maps on My Taps 1979

ゆきゆきて、神軍 The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987)

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I ran from it and was still in it 2021

The Crazies 1973

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The Fall 2019

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Soul 2020

Watched for a film club

Still from Soul

News from Home 1977

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Dawn of the Dead 1978

Watched for a horror film club.

I’d heard a fair amount about the critique of consumerism in the film, but that didn’t really land. Instead, especially after the intervening 40+ years of disaster and post-apocalyptic media, I saw a lot in here about the seductive narrative of the apocalypse. The group is never really happier than when they’re striving for their basic needs. Never unhappier than when those needs are met and the hard work of living resumes.

Still from Dawn of the Dead

英雄本色 A Better Tomorrow (1986)

A startling stylistic leap from Heroes Shed No Tears. I expected to see a more gradual discovery of style.

Still from A Better Tomorrow

Fairy Tales 2015

극장전 Tale of Cinema (2005)

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リンダ リンダ リンダ Linda Linda Linda (2005)

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三枪拍案惊奇 A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (2009)

A reimagining of Blood Simple.

The closing shot captures my problems with this. Adherence to individual shots and scenes, but deviating in so much of the connective tissue that it’s lost all thematic coherence.

Still from A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

The Last Angel of History 1996

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