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  • Clue

    Clue

    ★★★★★

    Just here to correct my past self who had the audacity to rate this 1.5/5

    This is clearly a classic. 5/7

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★½

    This is how you do low fantasy properly.

  • Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

    Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

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

    ...that never came. These aren't the same characters that we've grown to love, nor are they in the same world that we've come to slowly understand and appreciate. This film does a great job of characterizing Kaworu, only to rob Shinji of the defining moment ending their relationship. Mildly looking forward to Mad Max: Evangelion in Rebuild 4.0 just out of curiosity, but I'm honestly not sure that I know who these characters are anymore.

  • Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

    Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

    ★★½

    Where the rebuilds start to fall apart. Adding characters (not a crime in and of itself) for the sake of adding them and without justification. Despite a much better arc and characterization of Rei than NGE ever achieved, you never really feel for Asuka in the same way as you do in the series. A quality entry with some flaws that was begging for a strong 3rd/4th entry...

  • Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

    Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone

    ★★★★

    I would love to see this intercut with the early episodes of NGE that it remakes to give me both the emotional depth and characterization of the show with the widescreen aspect ratio, CGI, and redrawn animation of the higher budget and more modern film. The best of the rebuilds (thus far).

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    I wish that I didn't need a Wikipedia summary to make sense of this film's plot (more of a criticism of Eva as a whole), but with that said this is still a film that I think about regularly. Make sure to watch both the last two episodes of the NGE series and this movie, as they approach similar themes (canonically, the same event) in different ways.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    Turns out I only slept through about ten minutes of this film's second act when I watched it in theaters, so hoping for big leaps (really introducing Fenrir, the undead army, Korg, Meek, etc.) in what was essentially two scenes was asking a lot. Still one of the most interesting Marvel movies visually, and the best take on/use of Thor as a character so far, but not one that I would absolutely take the time to watch again in a larger MCU rewatch.

  • Klaus

    Klaus

    ★★★★★

    A modern Christmas classic.

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★

    Into the Unknown by Panic! is a gift, but this film's basic plot (especially relative to the somewhat subversive one from Frozen) pales in comparison to Klaus, which shares some visual motifs but features the Saami people in a much better way.

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

    Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

    ★★★★★

    This is (imho) the gold standard for mecha anime. Full of heart, beautifully animated, well-written, and oh so satisfying to watch the action-figure mobile suits clash and transform and fight across the vastness of space or dominate the skyline of a spacenoid colony. There's basically nothing in western film/television that can even come close - Pacific Rim wishes it could have gone this thematically big, and Transformers lacks even the slightest hint of nuance. Watch this series, it truly won't disappoint.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    The digital artists, the actors who played the Knights of Ren, and Adam Driver all attempted to carry this film on their backs and made it marginally further than 'The Last Jedi,' but still collapsed just after the starting line. The film franchise needs to learn a thing or two from 'Rogue One' and 'The Mandalorian' if they don't want to collapse into X-Men like quality and eventual obscurity...

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

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

    I can't say that I "liked" it, because I don't think that this film is trying to get anyone to "like" it per se, but more that it invites you to live in its world for a little while, and that world is a well-produced, beautifully acted, mental hellscape between these two tortured souls.