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78/52 is a 90-minute film about one minute. Actually, it's only about 52 specific seconds, along with the 78 different shots contained within, that make up the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror thriller Psycho. The film is solely about breaking down the scene's genius and importance, and it takes the term "deep dive" to a whole new level.

Sometimes the best genre films are found in the most unexpected places, like in a story of kids who are orphaned as the result of violent gang wars in the slums of Mexico. That's the setting for Issa Lopez's Tigers Are Not Afraid, a jaw-dropping film that blends reality and the supernatural in an absolutely beautiful way. It feels like a spiritual sequel to Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone or Pan's Labyrinth, except with a more modern, realistic setting.

At its core, Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal is a straightforward samurai revenge flick. However, built around that is the platonic, primal ideal of what a samurai movie can be. It's non-stop symphony of murder and steel filled with unbelievable weapons, gruesome amputations, rivers of blood, and charismatic warriors. Its two-hour, 20-minute runtime feels like it's filled with as little talking and story as possible, just to fit in more swordfighting. And it's great.