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  • Miss Hokusai

    Miss Hokusai 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2016

    Often opaque but rewarding to chip away at. Its quiet enthusiasm towards the sharing of sensations is absorbing.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2016

    It's nice to be reminded that Hideaki Anno's still got it. His hands are all over the shot compositions and breathtaking crescendos of action. Even his script is up to the, rather difficult, task of imbuing humanity into an assembly line of bureaucrats through occasional bouts of humor and a nation's self-reflection in a moment of crisis. An all around satisfying genre piece with a propensity to evoke shades of Anno's similarly great animated work in a newer context.

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  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 2014

    ★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    So white washed and sterile that it makes the "culture clash" of San Francisco and Tokyo completely superficial. Its vapid tackling of familial loss is made all the more frustrating due to its blank cast of rote characters. Then a big superhero battle, ripped straight out of Marvel's already dull recent output, happens. Don't bother.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 May, 2015

    For decades, George Miller has been throwing ideas at a wall in order to form his own idealized post-apocalypse over the course of four films. As each new film has attempted to take the series in different directions, these vivid ideas have run the gamut of visual motifs and societal ideologies to varying degrees of success. But none have come as close to the fully realized world within Fury Road.

    Not only is there attention given to fleshing out a…