Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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A movie about the function of memory and personality; about sadness and loss; about dreams and reality. Tsukamoto does something here that most film-makers never do, even after making dozens of films: he gives us moments of stark, transcendental beauty. This is as close to visual literature as you will ever get. Ryoko's dancing embodies the title: as a ghost of a memory that will soon fade, she suddenly lives for all that she's worth.
Essential horror. Tsukamoto builds a mood that swallows his characters whole. People criticize the main actress in this as "wooden", but they have failed to take in a key element of her character: she's a long-term insomniac. She's a mirror character of the titular Nightmare Detective, another lense to view him thru. By grounding the characters with similarities and contrasts, they become more real than standard horror protagonists. I will say that the ending left a little to be desired, but given the state of American horror for the last decade, it wasn't the huge disappointment that only Hollywood is capable of churning out.