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  • Godzilla vs. Megalon

    Godzilla vs. Megalon

    ★★★

    This has to feature the best Godzilla fight I've seen so far. It really makes up for the boring human plot that "grounds" the monster action.

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★

    What fascinates me a lot about the few Iranian films I have seen is the depiction of lower and middle classes living and clashing with each other. Maybe it's due to Iran's history, but there's a feeling of sorrow, pity, fear and guilt that goes through many of these stories. I liked this film a lot, though when I think about it, it almost feels as if Sabzian is being dragged through the coals here for penance. Not sure how comfortable I am with that. Fascinating watch though.

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★

    When I first saw Dogtooth years ago, I was blown away by how simple it was. I loved the extreme minimalism of it all. The only movie I’ve seen from Yorgos Lanthimos since, The Lobster, continued this stripped-down aesthetic. And I’ve felt that Yorgos has used minimalism to great effect –to highlight the social mechanics and institutions of western lives.

    So I revisited Dogtooth with the expectations of maybe picking up more than just the austereness Dogtooth impressed upon me.…

  • Frida

    Frida

    ★★★

    Salma Hayek is great here. The story itself is okay, but I can't help but feel that this movie would have been much better if it were more committed to the context of the time.

    A great deal of the culture that Frida Khalo loved gets lost in the English language. At times it feels like the movie just glides over it. It also feels like it doesn't delve deep enough into the background of what is going on. You…