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  • Good Will Hunting
  • The Social Network
  • The Master
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  • The Wind Rises

    ★★★★

  • Macbeth

    ★★★

  • Epic

    ★★

  • I Am Mother

    ★★★

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  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    ★★★★

    This film is far more mature than other Miyazaki works.

    There are no cute spirits or anthropomorphic animals in any scene. The film has multiple haunting images of fire, plane crashes, illness, and death. Much of the exaggerated imagery that would be expected from the bouncy cat-bus fantasy is more toned down for the realistic designs of the aircraft. The dreams, which had the potential to be absurdly colorful and wacky, are incredibly tame by Miyazaki standards.

    The film is…

  • Macbeth

    Macbeth

    Honestly, for a Shakespeare movie, this one is pretty good. I watched a lot of them in school (Othello, Romeo + Juliet) but, somehow, this one stood out from the rest.

    Many things were good about this movie - the acting, setting, cinematography, and the fights - but, of course, being Shakespeare, the dialogue was intellectually confusing.

    Back to the positives. The acting is really good, seeing some actors bring out the best of them. The battles are solid, it's…

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  • Earwig and the Witch

    Earwig and the Witch

    The problem isn't necessarily that it is 3d animation because that would be stupid - I actually think the character designs are okay. The scenery and "sets", however, look much worse than other Ghibli films just due to the realistic tinge that seemingly plagues each one of them. The main problem is when it comes to the story and creativity which, coming from a studio known for being meticulous and wonderfully imaginative through the embrace of childlike wonder, comes off…

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★½

    Gleeson and Farrell are thugs from the start, but as the story progresses it brings you into their dark minds. Before you know it, you're seeing the film from their strange perspective. The action and beautiful location scenery kept my head in the movie even when the action both violent and reprehensible might have made me hide till it passed. The first 30 minutes or so can come across hit or miss, but they worked for the most part for…