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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★½

    This is the type of movie I wanted to love: its got cool kid hype, a sweet aesthetic, and otherworldly visuals. But for everything that’s wonderful—the jaw-dropping animation and the 1Q84-ish story—there’s just too much melodramatic excess, which took me out of the movie instead of connecting me more deeply to it. We’ll see what I think when I watch again at some point.

    Wifey’s take: At the end, it was better.

  • Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film

    Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film

    ★★★★

    Many thoughts. Quick ones:

    Visuals are stunning, especially the middle sequence, shot veritcally from beneath the choir director, framed by the heavens in motion. Stunning.

    Hardly features Kanye at all. Mainly a monk-inspired desert worship experience through a fish eye lens with shades of Malick-esque nature shots.

    The doc is told through chapters musically, visually, and scripturally:
    - mark 1:15 (door imagery)
    - 1 chronicles 16:25 (fish eye lens finally opens up for communal praise)
    - eph 2:8 (first time…

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  • The Kid with a Bike

    The Kid with a Bike

    ★★★★★

    Proof that simple stories well told are the most profound precisely because they cut through the typical storytelling excess and drill down to the wounds and longings that haunt all of us.

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    Wow. Nausicaa is a thrilling and instructive story that puts a beautiful, earthy spin on how “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:17). An instant personal favorite. Now off to read everything smart people have written about this fantastic film.