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  • City of God

    City of God

    ★★★★½

    "Get that chicken, bro!" Li'l Zé cackles as his gangsters set after their runaway dinner, a nervous chicken with an overwhelming will to live. Wielding guns at the confused soul furiously bobbing through the crowded streets of the Rio de Janeiro slums, the chase comes to a sudden halt when L'il Zé's gang comes face to face with the dreaded police. In the midst of this meeting is the relieved chicken and the panic-stricken Rocket, a young photographer, and our…

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    I recently became obsessed with this post - Jim Emerson's 102 Movies to Become Movies Literate. There's nothing I love more than a good list, but there's nothing more frustrating than a list I've barely conquered. On January 1st, I had seen 50 of the films listed and now on January 28th, I've seen 60. The latest film I've managed to check off is Werner Herzog's cult classic, Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), described as a "West-German New Wave…

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  • Mommy

    Mommy

    ★★★★½

    Xavier Dolan just turned 25 years old, and Mommy marks his fifth feature film already. At the Cannes Film Festival this year, Mommy shared the Jury Prize and is an official submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. I sometimes forget that Canada is considered foreign according to the Academy Awards; but I guess considering even the most seasoned French-speaker might have trouble with the fast-paced, heavily-accented Québecois French, a film like Mommy can seem like it’s from…

  • Pink Flamingos

    Pink Flamingos

    ★★★

    I'm on what I'm calling a 'sick kick'. Bring on the guts and gore and let's have an intimate viewing of Cannibal Holocaust! We might follow it up with von Trier's Antichrist...though in comparison with the former, Antichrist would be positively suffocated with whimsy. But on this 'sick kick', I'm taking a breather and bowing down to the king of camp, the father of foul and the purveyor of all that is perve, John Waters. My knowledge of John Waters…