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The Farewell Party

High drama and lowbrow, morbid humor get stitched together in this successful tragicomedy about terminal patients and assisted suicide. Works better than expected.

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Sunshine Superman

I found Jean Boenish’s philosophical musings less than persuasive. And I don’t think my fear of heights was the reason for my bias.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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Time travel movies in a surreal universe

This animation is explained in this New Scientist article. I remain incapable of encompassing additional dimensions, and wonder if in fact they exist only in math. I'm assured they exist, and are necessary. If they did not exist, I would not exist. I Exist, Therefore They Am.

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This is where it gets me: The film visualizes Earth seen from Above in this brave new universe. IS there an Above? Where (and When) are we viewing it from?

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