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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★½

    Studio Ghibli's first movie really feels like they're finding their feet. There are clear hints of iconic ghibli style in there but aesthetically it feels more like an 80s Hollywood kids movie, like The Land Before Time for example.

    I love the dystopian world, it feels very lived in, and you really get a sense of the scale of it through the frequent use of long shots. I also loved all of the colossal insect designs, they really gave me…

  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★

    So a H.P. Lovecraft story with Nicolas Freaking Cage in the starring role? Count me in!

    And oh boy was it all I wanted and more.

    Sure there are some cool Carpenter-esque monster designs and decent production design. But the performances are awful. The characters make no sense. The dialogue is just terrible. Only one man can save this travesty. And they couldn't have picked a better man for the job.

    Once again Nicolas Cage proves that he can deliver…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

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

    What a terrifically crafted film.

    I especially loved the editing techniques incorporated here, I really think that this film is a great example of how editing and visual storytelling can triumph over dialogue if done right. These include some really jarring match cuts and flashbacks to Joe's traumatic past. The shocking nature of these cuts really capture the unrelenting anxiety that haunts Joe's psyche. There's also some very clever use of similar shots, showing the similarities between Joe's brutal methods…

  • I Lost My Body

    I Lost My Body

    ★★★★★

    Boy the French sure can animate.

    With films like the Triplets of Bellville, Ernest & Celestine, The Red Turtle, The Little Prince and A Monster in Paris, there is no doubt that they provide some of the most active and talented animated national cinema about. And I Lost My Body is up there with the greats.

    A beautifully animated, poignant story about loss driven home by a gorgeous score from Dan Levy and truly masterful editing. You could literally watch this…