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  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Ran
  • The Thing

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  • Elephant

    ★★★★½

  • Gone Girl

    ★★★★

  • Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★

  • La La Land

    ★★★★

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  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    1 year on Letterboxd!

    Grave of the Fireflies is possibly the most heart-breaking and powerful war film I have ever seen. With their father fighting in the Navy and their mother killed in a bombing, the film follows 2 of the often-silent victims of war, with older brother Seita taking care of his sister Setsuko throughout the bombings of Japan in the second world war.

    The animation is so lively, really taking advantage of the format. All of the inconsequential…

  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    100

    It’s hard for me to point to a scene that is more compelling than the invasion of Lord Hideotora’s castle. The beautiful shot composition, the booming and chilling score, the quick and unsettling cuts on action, Tatsuya Nakdai’s empathetic performance, the epic scale. Akira Kurosawa uses every element of filmmaking to create a transcendent experience that takes my breath away every time I view it. Ran is chaotic, beautiful, perfect.

    Ran has to be the finest adaptation of Shakespeare…

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  • Elephant

    Elephant

    ★★★★½

    Perfectly directed, I love how natural the school environment and the characters are. The camera floats around, attaching tself to one charcter after another. The long tracking shots and slow pace of Elephant makes everything feel so natural, turning the audience into detached spectators. I cared for the characters but there was no way to intervene. I found myself genuinely absorbed in them and their world. The brilliant dialogue, which is largely improvised, and the convincing performances had me totally…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★

    I can't say I was really expecting to enjoy this because musicals don't normally click with me, but I actually really enjoyed this! It's infectiously enjoyable, with a great main set of characters. Gene Kelly floods the screen with charisma and Kathy Seldon is really interesting. Cosmo is also hilarious. The whole film is really funny, which I wasn't expecting either. Singin' in the Rain is beautiful as well, the screen is constantly filled with details, especially during the musical sequences. Lina isnt the best villain ever but I really liked her character still. Definitely worth the watch :)

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  • Death Race 2000

    Death Race 2000

    ★★★½

    63

    Awesome is the best word to describe this Grindhouse Classic! Death race just oozes with coolness and charm! Frankenstein's and Annie's relationship is incredibly endearing and both performances are great! The action is amazing! The concept and insane violent world is so cool, I love how the whole world population is just absolutely crazy and evil and violent. Honestly shot pretty well too! I was a little less invested by act 3 but the ending was fantastic! Not exactly the greatest film ever made but probably the coolest!

  • Scanners

    Scanners

    ★★

    36

    Whilst the fantastic make-up effects and enjoyable 80s action are incredibly fun, the tissue holding these aspects together is pretty underwhelming. Scanners’ biggest downfall is its pacing. Despite barely cracking 90 minutes, the multiple exposition scenes and uninteresting characters made me really feel its runtime. The main performances leave a lot to be desired as well. It sort of works in the case of Michael Ironside’s cold and calculating villain but it makes it very hard to connect to Stephen Lack’s hero. At the end of the day though, I came here for exploding heads and I am NOT disappointed!