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  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★

    Adorable exercise in setting expectations for the importance of hard work.

    I watched the dubbed version with Phil Hartmann as the cat, which I think changed the tone of those scenes quite a bit from the original. His voice performance, though, made the cat's silent moments late in the film even more devastating.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    how did I make it so many decades without seeing the best animated movie ever

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★

    Beautifully shot neo-noir, but with one-note character motivations, and surprise, gross treatment of every woman in the movie.

  • The Witches of Eastwick

    The Witches of Eastwick

    ★★★★★

    Seeing this movie after the cavalcade of abusers outed in the last couple of years is an experience; the checklist of PUA and abuser tactics thrown out by Nicholson's character are so recognizable now as what they are, even down to the faux-feminism and empowerment messages he uses throughout.