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Swiss Army Man (2016)

This is the kind of bizarre, original, risk-taking independent movie that is increasingly rare to find in these times of superhero and action movie franchises. It's weird and amazing, and refreshing. Co-written and co-directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Swiss Army Man is a compendium of strange ideas, beautiful things, some disturbing thoughts, and a touching friendship that could only be found in movies. read more...
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Swiss Army Man (2016)

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  • With: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero, Timothy Eulich, Richard Gross, Andy Hull, Marika Casteel, Aaron Marshall, Shane Carruth
  • Written by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • Directed by: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual material
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/23/2016
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Endless Poetry (2017)

The Chilean-born cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky follows up his autobiographical The Dance of Reality with another cinematic chapter of his own life story. And for whatever reason -- maybe the story was more compelling, or maybe I was in a better mood, or maybe Jodorowsky became more comfortable behind the camera -- I liked this one, Endless Poetry, a great deal more. read more...
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Endless Poetry (2017)

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  • With: Adan Jodorowsky, Jeremias Herskovits, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Leandro Taub, Julia Avendaño, Felipe Ríos, Carolyn Carlson, Bastián Bodenhofer, Felipe Peña
  • Written by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Spanish, French, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 128 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/20/2017
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The Forbidden Room (2015)

Guy Maddin's The Forbidden Room is one of his best-looking films, incorporating bold imitations of the old two-strip Technicolor, but it's also one of his most baffling. It includes more than a dozen storylines, some built within the confines of others, and some just little jokey asides. It has been described as a Russian nesting doll of a movie, except that it doesn't really have a center... it just wanders. It can be mesmerizing for short bursts, but the overall haul -- two full hours -- asks a lot of a viewer. Some of the stories include a submarine crew running out of air, a lumberjack hunting for a missing girl, vampires called "aswang," a mustache that has come back to life, and a man teaching us how to take a bath. As usual, Maddin carefully makes each frame look like a battered old silent film, with jumps and scratches; there is some dialogue, but there are more titles. Maddin assembles an impressive cast, however, with Mathieu Amalric, Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Rampling, Maria de Medeiros, Udo Kier, Caroline Dhavernas, and others showing up for a scene, a few shots, or just a single splash. read more...
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The Forbidden Room (2015)

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  • With: Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Celine Bonnier, Karine Vanasse, Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Ahmarani, Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Maria de Medeiros, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Marie Brassard, Sophie Desmarais, Ariane Labed, Amira Casar, Kim Morgan, Elina Lowensohn
  • Written by: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk
  • Directed by: Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/26/2015
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Perfect Blue (1997)

After directing an episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the great anime filmmaker Satoshi Kon made his feature directing debut with the cult favorite Perfect Blue (1997). It received an American theatrical release in 1999, dubbed, prompting a negative review from my friend Rob Blackwelder: "the dubbed English dialogue... is so devoid of soul and panache that it reads like it was translated by a computer program." The subtitled version is much better. Pop star Mima decides to quit her girl group Cham! to become an actress. She gets a job on what looks to be a low-rent, direct-to-video soap opera, debuting with a single line, "excuse me... who are you?" Her fans are non-plussed, and she begins to receive mean messages and even warnings. One fan in particular, known as "Me-Mania," has started a website featuring an eerily accurate diary of Mima's activities. Before long, Mima's reality and nightmares begin to blur, complicated by a rape scene she performs for the TV show. She also begins to see the pop-star version of herself, who taunts her with the "who are you?" line. Compared to most post-apocalyptic or sci-fi oriented anime, this was certainly an ambitious attempt at something new, and it holds up well, with Kon's rich, nuanced animation still looking great. Sadly, Kon completed only three more features before passing away in 2010 at age 46, and each one was better than the one before. We'll never know what more he might have been capable of. read more...
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Perfect Blue (1997)

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  • With: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ōkura, Yōsuke Akimoto, Yoku Shioya, Hideyuki Hori, Emi Shinohara, Masashi Ebara, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Tōru Furusawa, Emiko Furukawa, Shiho Niiyama, Akio Suyama (voices)
  • Written by: Sadayuki Murai, based on a novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi
  • Directed by: Satoshi Kon
  • MPAA Rating: R for animated sequences of violence and nudity, and for brief language
  • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 81 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/20/1999
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The Singing Detective (2003)

Watching Robert Downey Jr. perform is one of the great pleasures of going to the movies today. He acts with much of the same magic, poetry, intelligence and skill that Michael Jordan applies to basketball and Charlie Parker to jazz. Here he plays Dan Dark, a pulp writer stricken with a horrible skin disease. While lying in his hospital bed, he must sort through a blitz of hallucinations -- scenes from noir thrillers with lip-synched musical numbers thrown in -- and try to find his true self. Fans of the original 1986 BBC television miniseries will find this a bastardized truncation, but it has an essence of its own. Creator Dennis Potter apparently wrote the screenplay before he died in 1994, and an excellent cast rounds out the proceedings: Robin Wright Penn, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Carla Gugino and more, plus an almost indistinguishable Mel Gibson (who also produced). Keith Gordon (Waking the Dead) directs. read more...
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The Singing Detective (2003)

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  • With: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright Penn, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam, Katie Holmes, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito, Carla Gugino, Saul Rubinek, Alfre Woodard, Amy Aquino, David Dorfman, Eddie Jones, Lily Knight, Clyde Kusatsu, Earl C. Poitier, Andy Umberger
  • Written by: Dennis Potter, based on his own teleplay
  • Directed by: Keith Gordon
  • MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, language and some violence
  • Running Time: 109 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/16/2003
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