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  • Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    ★★★½

    An entertaining Studio Ghibli clone that mixes beautiful hand drawn animation (save for some garish color hues) and a typical fantasy story. What keeps thr film being as great is as its influences (like Miyazski's works, or even the director's own "Arietty") is the sense of a grounded world with well developed - sometimes ambiguous- characters, and a feeling of wonderment in the setting; like in the worlds of "Howl's Moving Castle" and "Princess Mononoke".

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★½

    As much of a film as "Berlin Alecanderplatz" is; not really a film or a tv show, somewhere in between - but both have stretches of brilliance amid the intellectual wankery from their directors (the epilogue was dumb, Rainer).

    Twin Peaks has so many new characters, what was the point of it being a limited series? The return of Dale Cooper gets lost amid muddled plot threads that don't go anywhere; at least it's weird enough to keep my interest, and in the end I was drawn in by the off kilter pacing ("Green Onions", anyone?), the special effects, and (most of) the performances

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  • Metal Gear Solid

    Metal Gear Solid

    My snake... is solid

  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    Part of the Last Days of DVD challenge

    PART THREE: ACT IV

    The three screen tryptic finale is one of the great endings in cinema; I just wish I could appreciate it more on my tiny television screen. The Italian campaign seems so short, I wish it went on longer, and the little scenes with Josephine and Violine don't really go anywhere, but they are a nice touch - the two praying to a shrine of sorts dedicated to Napoleon…