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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★

    Every year before the Academy Awards I always try to watch the nominated short films either on Youtube or at the local art theater. While the live action shorts always surprise me with their diverse and exciting lineup of new filmmakers, the animated shorts are much more hit or miss for me. This isn’t to say that many of these films aren’t pushing the boundaries of animation, but over half of them in any given year follow the same formula…

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★

    “Killing me won’t bring back your apples” or “KILLING ME WON’T BRING BACK YOUR GODDAMN HONEY”? You decide.

    It’s fascinating to watch the original Wicker Man after seeing the Nicholas Cage remake because there are many plot points shared between the two, yet they are in the end completely different films. Whereas the remake shines is in the pure spectacle of Cage running around punching people in a bear costume, the original is much more sexually and religiously charged of…

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  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★½

    One of Studio Ghibli's slice of life films, Whisper of the Heart is Yoshifumi Konduo's first and only directing credit for the studio before his early death. Although its cover art would lead you to believe that Whisper of the Heart is a fantastical story in the vein of Spirited Away, the film is actually a real world coming of age film following Shizuku, a relatively normal junior high school student in the middle of her high school entrance exams.…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★½

    Say what you will about the sequins, the twizzles and the overly dramatic kiss and cry moments, figure skating is a marriage between sport and art that has no parallel. Watching athletes at the National Championships this weekend like Nathan Chen and Mirai Nagasu slide gracefully through the rink before spinning into the air to land literally on a razor’s edge is one of the most exhilarating spectator experiences out there. I, Tonya, a biopic about the life of controversial…