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  • Duel to the Death

    Duel to the Death

    ★★★★★

    Where has this movie been all of my life?

    Yeah, everything that's here has been in other martial arts movies. Each element taken individually is nothing new. Despite that, it piles all of these things on to ludicrous levels while still having some really cool character moments. It's a movie that has something to say about the ongoing resentment between China and Japan, has room for criticism of the "warrior" mentality that's often championed in these flicks, AND it's also…

  • Battle Angel

    Battle Angel

    ★★★

    Rewatched this for the first time in, like, 20something years.

    Looking at it purely as a 90s OVA, it's kind of average. The violence is good. The designs are cool. There are a few good soundtrack moments (especially the bit where Gally and the samurai bounty hunter fight). The two episodes cover a lot of ground, introducing the world in the first one and playing off of the brief relationship between Gally and Yugo in the second. It all makes…

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  • Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

    ★★★★

    As far as long-running cartoon franchises that take old, apocryphal entries and loosely work them back into the "canon" go, I dug this more than Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

    It's a far more herculean effort to take a character like Flim Flam and make him bearable than it is to do something similar with a character like Broly.

    Also, there's some genuinely fascinating stuff going on in here with the character dynamics of Fred and Daphne, given that Fred was…

  • Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

    Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas

    ★★★★½

    Kill the concept of capitalism, but keep all the materialistic fetishes created by it.

    That's the modern aesthetic-- kill the god, keep his evil creations.

    I love Neo Yokio.