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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

  • The Thing

    ★★★★★

  • Carlito's Way

    ★★★½

  • And Then We Danced

    ★★★★½

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  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People

    ★★★★½

    The hardest part of learning to live with myself was learning to accept that I wasn't selfish for being depressed, that there was a future left for me where I wasn't fated to live as a husk of myself until the end of my days.

    I don't know when my erosion began. I don't know when I began to pull away, to pull inside, to let myself be defined by what I thought I lacked. I don't know when I…

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    ★★★★½

    I used to work in a grocery store deli. Most of the customers would be regulars, coming daily to get the same half-pound portions of meats, cheeses, and salads. As time went on, you began to learn the little quirks for each one; Some were kind, some were funny, some were rude, but most were simply trying to get their food and go. Regardless, I was a part of their routine as much as they were a part of mine,…

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  • And Then We Danced

    And Then We Danced

    ★★★★½

    And Then We Danced makes clear from the outset that Merab's ultimate decision is to accept or reject the status quo of Gerogian culture, lest he suppress his queerness in the process. It's a journey of self-discovery as much as it is self-assertion for him, redefining a life that exists in a delicate balance between intensely polarized social values.

    Traditional dance is exactly that - traditional. The act of preserving old motions, reenacting old rituals, and serving as a living…

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★½

    Never has a movie upended film language so deeply on its head in such a reserved form while still leaving me cackling towards the end. Petra von Kant is possibly the most richly textured character in film - and certainly one of the most entertaining to detest!

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★½

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

    This review is a critical look at Sound of Metal's exclusionary stance towards cochlear implants, and the ways in which it personally demeans me as a hard of hearing individual with the procedure. Sound of Metal is a worthwhile film that takes a staunchly traditionalist perspective on deafness, and while I would ultimately recommend it for the mere fact that it is one of the few fictional features that attempts to depict a "deaf perspective," that it comes at the…

  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★★★★

    I busted a nut