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  • Short Peace 2013

    ★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2014

    Terrific animation, as one would expect, but even by short film standards, some of these shorts are incredibly, well, short. With an intro (or prologue) and four separate stories, the film comes in at just over one hour. I wasn't disappointed, per se, but some of the stories here could certainly be fleshed out. The four stories are:

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    A lone Samurai wanders through a storm-ravaged forest at night when he comes across an abandoned cabin. Once inside the cabin,…

  • Tokyo Godfathers 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    I was pleasantly surprised by this film; the story is engaging, the characters are wonderfully defined, and the domino-nature of the plot never once came across as hamfisted. What I found most compelling, perhaps, was how "normal" the story was. It's quite unlike any Anime film I've ever seen before (though my experience with the genre is minute, admittedly). There are no robots; there are no kaiju; there are no God-like children hellbent on destroying Tokyo - Tokyo Godfathers merely…

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  • Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2013 9

    I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.

    The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…

  • West Side Story 1961

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    I love everything about West Side Story: the sets, lighting, and costume design; the music, songs, and dance choreography; Natalie Wood at her most vibrant; the troupe of dancers giving their all to each individual performance; and the social commentary, which beneath its precious exterior, is relevant and topical to this day. This film is not for everyone, but as an exercise in art, it is simply superb.