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Ash Is Purest White

4 Stars (out of 4)

Jia Zhangke's ninth feature film Ash Is Purest White has drawn criticism from some corners for being something like a "greatest hits" collection of its maker's favorite themes. This criticism, of course, begs the question: why is that a bad thing? It's a testament to personal filmmaking that Jia has been able to look back over his work and create a kind of culmination of everything he has done so far. That he has been able to make it work as a totally, aesthetically satisfying movie, is admirable. What's new is that it's his first jianghu movie, set in the world of gangsters, but without any kind of glamorizing — except for a quick clip of a Chow Yun-fat movie on a TV screen and a use of the great, beautiful theme song from John Woo's The Killer... (More)

LIST OF THE WEEK

Top Ten John Goodman Movies

  1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  2. Bringing Out the Dead
  3. The Big Lebowski
  4. Barton Fink
  5. Matinee
  6. Raising Arizona
  7. Flight
  8. Argo
  9. The Emperor's New Groove
  10. 10 Cloverfield Lane
MOST POPULAR
  1. Captain Marvel
  2. Gloria Bell
  3. Giant Little Ones
  4. The Image Book
  5. The Kid
  6. Tongues Untied
  7. Ash Is Purest White
  8. Mary Queen of Scots
  9. Greta
  10. Holiday
DVD OF THE WEEK
If you're thinking of seeing Captive State, why not go back and check out a really good alien invasion movie, Joe Cornish's Attack the Block?

Attack the Block (2011)

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