Favorite films

  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Valentine, Soshite Onsen! - Amari Kitai Shinaide Kudasai
  • Munto

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  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    ★★★★★

  • Belfast

    ★★★½

  • The Scary House

    ★★★

  • School-Live!

    ★½

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  • Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    Violet Evergarden: The Movie

    ★★★★★

    Fourth time seeing this and I managed maybe the first eight seconds without crying. This is more than just the heart-rending conclusion to one of the most transcendent works ever animated; it is Kyoto Animation: The Movie. The suffering in this movie is real, every last teardrop of it. Reflecting on the sorrows of the past. Acknowledging that you can't stop the future from arriving. Not knowing how to move forward, only that you have to. Working around your scars…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★½

    'Twas a wel-quemed awntyr of Wawain dere-worthi,
    We mowen sweteli yencallen fylowingly,
    and houghbehit likynge of betre films past
    Geyncallen with equale if not surer swiftnesse;
    for Eggers Y yerne, a filmwright ic deine
    Better heme-wel for grisle and grure in wode,
    Þat grene mere wher god man may tryst with temptacioun,
    Where wycchecrafte and sorseryes engrinen þe soule.
    From A24 usaunces cannet overscapeþ
    The Grene Knyght, non-ayen-stonding its vertues.

    Scattered beneath the greaves and ash-snow of confounding humour and…

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  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    Liz and the Blue Bird

    ★★★★★

    You can chart the course of my life over the last three years with my reviews of this movie. There have been significant ups and downs – mostly downs – represented by my periodic encounters with Liz and the Blue Bird, and once again I am simultaneously celebrating Naoko Yamada’s birthday by rewatching the movie and using this review as another diary entry.

    A lot changed in the year that passed after my last viewing of Liz. Yamada’s departure from…

  • School-Live!

    School-Live!

    I was so dissatisfied with this film that halfway through writing this review I went to the Sentai Filmworks shop and ordered the Blu-ray of the 2015 anime adaptation. I guess that's a win for Gakkougurashi in the aggregate, but definitely a loss for me in that I could have just bought the anime without sitting through this.

    We have here another victim of a loveless and underfunded attempt to squeeze a live-action film out of a manga/anime. I would…

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  • Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie

    Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie

    ★★★★

    "Everybody knows the Commies have shit AA defenses. Any idiot could land a Cessna in Red Square."
    "Huh?"
    "Uh... Forget that."

    Smash cut of the year. Facial expression of the year. Disgusting Gorbachev caricature of the year. Performance of the year from Aoi Yuuki, if we have to throw in one "real" thing. Who would have thought that the most freedom-chugging, Commie-bashing, Soviet-smashing ball of free-world frenzy since Red Dawn would be an anime about isekai Germany? "They're Commies. Blow…

  • [REC]²

    [REC]²

    ★★★½

    Lesson #1: If the Spanish SWAT team can conduct a raid on an apartment complex infested with evil while wearing masks, you can definitely suck it up and wrap a piece of cloth around your face when you go to the gym.

    Lesson #2: Aim your firearms responsibly. I cannot stress this enough.

    In preparation for this, I watched the first [REC] for the first time in almost a decade and found that it holds up remarkably well: it remains…