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Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
10 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

(Regarding the American cut, not the bloated, mean-spirited original version.) Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful coming-of-age story involving nostalgia and a love of the movies. We get to know the characters in a small town in Sicily, and are transported in time and space.

Girl Boss Guerilla
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Once again Norifumi Suzuki delivers a quality exploitation film, full of gratuitous nudity, violence, and weird ideas. The second act meanders a bit, but the story remains coherent and interesting enough.

Jingi naki tatakai: Kanketsu-hen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 5: Final Episode)
2 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The first Battles without Honor & Humanity series ends more logically than satisfyingly, which is fitting for the overall tone of the series. I love this series for its hyper-realness and refusal to glamorize organized crime.

Leningrad Cowboys Go America
8 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Leningrad Cowboys is something of a precursor to Borat--lovable schlubs from rural Eurasia go on a roadtrip across America. However, this movie would have benefited from Borat's candid camera format than this film's single joke stretched out for 79 minutes with no real story. The Cowboys, however, are charming, and they're not nearly as bad musicians as the movie pretends they are. If you saw a group of foreigners with a weird shtick passably covering American rock songs at a bar, you'd probably become a fan. I enjoyed the bit about how much beer their manager drinks and where he hides it. And the running gag involving the frozen corpse of their bass player pays off at the end.

Jingi naki tatakai: Chojo sakusen (Battles Without Honor and Humanity 4: Police Tactics)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The fourth installment in the Battles without Honor & Humanity series has a middle episode feel. Violence and killings get amped up, but the conflicts are a continuation of the ones in the third film, and this one ends with an ellipses.

Fukasaku uses actors who appeared in earlier films in the series in different roles (Tsunehiko Watase, Tatsuo Umemiya) without significantly changing their appearance or characteristics. In a saga with multiple story threads and a dizzying array of characters, this adds to the confusion in this already convoluted series. I suspect there weren't enough actors in Toei Studios, if not all of Japan, to fill all the parts these movies required.

In all these films the thing I love the most is the intensity and chaos of the fight scenes, which gives them a realistic feel. In one shoot out involving two yakuza factions and police, one young criminal ends up accidentally jumping in the car of his fleeing enemies, which was not only funny, but also plausible given how something like this might unfold in real life.