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  • Princess Mononoke 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2014

    If Kurosawa did Disney.

    I think my favorite thing about Princess Mononoke is how complexly layered it is. Who is the bad guy in this movie? Eboshi? Probably, but Ashitaka saves her life more than once. Jigo? Most likely, but this isn't clear until about 15 minutes from the end. Okkoto? No, he's just turned into a demon. Moro? She threatens the life of the main character several times, but she's also a wild animal, and a god without grace.

    Everyone's side of the story is told. The morals here are blurred lines. Being a human is not easy sometimes, but neither is being a god.

  • Pom Poko 1994

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2014

    Pom Poko has some odd pacing problems, but the ghost parade has to be seen. The whole movie itself has some of the most gorgeous animation I've ever seen; there's just so much going on in each frame.

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  • The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2012

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

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  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2012

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.