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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Dec, 2016

    I am in awe. Kubo and the Two Strings should not only be considered as one of the best animated films of the year, but as one of the year's best, animated or not.

    The story is familiar - boy, with unlikely sidekicks, must collect the items necessary to confront a villain. However, like the boy, Kubo is magical. Laika's animation is incredible. Stop-motion isn't a hinderance to the movie, but one of its greatest assets. You won't see a…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2016 2

    Kenneth Lonergan: "Yo, pass me the Final Draft."
    Me: "You better not write the most heartbreaking scene of the year."

    Manchester by the Sea isn't the type of movie that asks for you to love it. It is instead a quiet meditation and navigation of grief. However cinematic the material may be is up for debate, but writer/director Kenneth Lonergan wrings out some dazzling performances from Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, and Michelle Williams.

    I'm trying to figure out why I…

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 19 May, 2016 2

    WTF has a name, and it rhymes with Wicolas Tinding Fefn. 

    Someday I'm going to be working at the video store, and a desparate customer will approach me. "Can I help you?" I ask him/her. S/he looks at me, twitching and dishevelled. "Just fuck my life up."

    S/he leaves the video store with a copy of Only God Forgives and a package of sugar-free gummy bears.

    There's got to be a better movie that can be made from this footage…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 May, 2016

    After three viewings, I've finally decided that Ratatouille is a masterpiece.

    Ratatouille is critic-proof. Sure, the menacing Anton Ego has a monologue near the film's end about the hypocrisies that come from being a critic, but that's not why Brad Bird's movie is so immune. Ratatouille can't be touched because it does such a good job of appealing to our emotions. I couldn't help but feel uplifted by Remy the rat's joy of cooking.

    The best movies surprise us, and…