AgentofSSUSteel

KyoAni fan, reflected substantially in my ratings.

Current favorites: As far back as I can remember, I never wanted to be a gangster.

Favorite films

  • GoodFellas
  • The Killer
  • On the Waterfront
  • Fireworks

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  • The Black Phone

    ★★★½

  • Ghost in the Shell 2.0

  • The Cat Returns

    ★★★★

  • The Devil's Backbone

    ★★★★

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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

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    We mowen sweteli yencallen fylowingly,
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    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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  • Ghost in the Shell 2.0

    Ghost in the Shell 2.0

    The original Ghost in the Shell is, to me, as flawless as a movie can get, especially visually - the greyness is luxurious and the radioactive green text rain is iconic. Every shot of the movie lives in my dreams. I feel that I should be incensed by this George Lucas-ized version, and yet I don't hate it. The severe and shadowy animation of the original Ghost in the Shell acknowledges the film's ancestry in some of Oshii's earlier works,…

  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★★★

    Black Rain has so much the same vibe as Blade Runner that I continuously had to remind myself that this one isn't actually cyberpunk. Even though this movie has an explicit setting in contemporary Japan and there is nothing fantastical about its plot, the international cast and multilingual cross-talk impart a feeling of cultural ambiguity similar to what Blade Runner and its followers often envision, and as Black Rain watches its mismatched protagonists drift further away from their moorings and…

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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…