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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    I distinctly remember thinking that the mood switch when Mei runs away felt out of left field when I first saw this as a dumb kid. Revisiting it a decade later, it's arresting seeing those vast, serene rice fields flipped on their head, effectively capturing Satsuki's panic.

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★★½

    When he kicks the gun out of the sand and catches it...... now that's Cinema

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  • Tamako Love Story

    Tamako Love Story

    ★★★★½

    A satisfying romance elevated to the stratosphere mainly due to Naoko Yamada's exquisite visual direction. So effortlessly confident at striking a mood that a summer haze drenches every frame well before you take in the gorgeous backdrops.

  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6

    ★½

    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.