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  • Spirited Away 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2014

    Miyazaki at his most passionate and visually creative. The free fall revelation near the end is one of my favorite scenes he's ever storyboarded. A true masterpiece that I'll endlessly rewatch for decades to come.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2014

    There are a lot of working parts and worthwhile scenes here that work on there own but don't add up to make a cohesive whole in an otherwise absurd, tonal mess. But I am glad that, even with the blockbuster budget and largely American cast, Joon-ho Bong still manages to maintain a certain Korean weirdness to it, which has escaped numerous directors wielding a larger project who normally fit in a specific niche in recent years. I just wish that this particular film didn't leave me as empty as it did. Oh, what could have been.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2014

    One of Wes Anderson's most eccentric and fun films. Ralph Fiennes' energy carries it entirely on its posh back.

  • Patlabor: The Movie 1989

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Man, this was a good movie. It worked effectively as another story in an established universe while still being approachable for someone like me who hasn't seen the prior OVAs or the TV show that followed this. Having only seen Angel's Egg out of Oshii's body of work also made this an interesting watch. For all the political intrigue, religious subtext, and somber atmosphere known in his more popularized films, Patlabor: The Movie felt refreshingly laid back at times. While…