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  • Ani*Kuri15: Good Morning 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    Just a minute long, but in that little minute, Satoshi Kon's Ohayō manages to establish a world and tell a shortstory that everyone will find familiar and recognizable. It's quite wonderful, and being Kon's final work, unescapably bittersweet.

    The short can be found in its entirety at the end of Tony Zhou's excellent video essay on Kon's style of editing.

  • Ring of Bright Water 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    My mustelid-loving heart skipped a beat or two, and I fell hard for this absolutely lovely movie. It is, unavoidably, otter-ly delightful! Big, goofy grins, all around!

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2012 9

    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012 2

    Essentially Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd, The Hunger Games makes the leap from the pages to the big screen with the majority of the details intact. Sticking so closely to the source material means that the movie also shares the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

    First and foremost, Katniss remains an interesting, reluctant rebel character (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent), while the rest of the cast of characters veer more towards simple archetypes, sometimes wrapped in colorful costumes, sometimes not. The dystopic…