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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    kanta running away and making satsuki take the umbrella in the rainstorm after being told that her mom is sick is like a lynchpin moment in this movie for me. totoro feels so strongly to be the fantasy of kindness towards grieving children - setting aside fan theories and all the stuff i think miyazaki would hate in discussing the film as being about grief, the film maintains incredible emotional truth.

    and totoro himself is just such a wonderful, delightful…

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    ★★★★★

    you’re harborin a fugitive dat ass
    and my justice will be punitive imma smash

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Ex Machina is simultaneously a film of this moment and a film which can last beyond it; its concerns about the objectification and domestication of women, its depiction of the hypermasculine domestication by web technologists of its consumers, and its concerns about levity in a time of moral panic all should hold some resonance for many years and spin from our very current concerns. One of the better dramas of the last several years, Ex Machina has that special touch…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★★

    Every time I watch Black Swan, I catch new layers, new jokes, new ways to understand why it operates the way it does. It's certainly one of the most underrated films I've seen.