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  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    One of the very best movies I’ve seen this year, and one that you are guaranteed to see pop up when I release my Top 10 List at the end of the year. So, here’s the thing. Animated films, especially those with female leads, have always been subject to scrutiny as far as their gender politics are concerned. And rightly so. We owe it to our children to expose them to favorable and rich portrayal of both men and women.…

  • Hard Eight 1996

    Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    Starting a chronological viewing of Paul Thomas Anderson's movies. This is a pretty good debut, if not as great as the films he'd made later in his career.

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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    At the end, it feels more familiar than it should, but the execution (and I don't mean just the cinematography gimmick) is so good it won me over.

    Full review cocohitsny.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/birdman/

  • Listen Up Philip 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    Listen Up Philip, the first of three features I've watched by director Alex Ross Perry, is a really fantastic portrayal of a very specific kind of person. Now, it is a well-known fact that I don't read many novels, but the people that do tell me that this movie, and its lead character, are very much based on author Philip Roth. Now, I have not read a single thing Philip Roth has written, and I don't know how Listen Up…