• Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    i wasn't paying attention

  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    ★★★★½

    If My Neighbour Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies present life from a child’s perspective, Only Yesterday captures an adult's memory of childhood. Taeko’s flashbacks to moments from her youth can feel sudden and disconnected, with equal attention paid to moments that seem significant (a first crush) and less significant (a first taste of pineapple). We don’t choose the memories that stick with us, they emerge from our subconscious, seemingly at random and often out of nowhere.

    I'm no Ghibli…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★½

    "What a cool witch." I'll say!!

    I just watched this for the first time last week but I’m committed to this Miyazaki/Takahata marathon so I put it on again tonight. (At first I tried to watch the dub while I did other stuff but I just couldn’t do it. Phil Hartman (the god) as Jiji is just so awful. I even compared a couple scenes and they are two completely different characters. Hartman Jiji is such a little asshole, and…

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    ★★★★½

    "September 21, 1945. That was the night I died."

    One of the all-time great opening lines, one that echoes through the entire film. The main character spelling out the ending so matter-of-factly, over a ghostly shot of him having accepted his fate, informs every moment that will follow. Each low point feels pre-destined; each bright spot is undercut by a sense of dread. By the time Seita and his sister Setsuko reach their inevitable conclusion we're prepared for it, because…

  • Margot at the Wedding

    Margot at the Wedding

    Because Baumbach can't help but go for it with everything he does, he has a filmography that boasts just as many duds (While We're Young, Greenberg, The Meyerowitz Stories) as it does masterpieces (The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, Marriage Story). But even when they land with a resounding *thud*, every one of these missteps has at least something for an audience to grab onto in the hopes of uncovering the profound, whether it's there or not.

    Margot at…

  • Castle in the Sky

    Castle in the Sky

    ★★★½

    I love that even this early on in his career, Miyazaki pulls the leads away from the swashbuckling action of this adventure story to earn their keep on the pirate ship. What's even more striking is that Pazu and Sheeta are happy to work in the kitchen and the engine room, both contributing to the collective effort to make it to Laputa in their own small way.

    Sidenote: I was blown away by how much the design of the actual…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    It just bounces along – both the film and the neighbour. Each moment is the most important thing, until that next thing happens. And then eventually the film ends and we have to move on. You're only young once, then it's on to the next thing.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★

    Toy Story 4 feels like a B-Sides and Rarities compilation; a collection of interesting, under-developed, sometimes great ideas, thrown together in a barely-cohesive package for profit.

    The film gets off to a promising starts with Forky, a toy made out of literal garbage whose introduction briefly threatens to break the rules of this world and shockingly dares to question the nature of existence(!). Forky is ultimately relegated (or discarded, like trash) to a background role as the film riffs on…

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★½

    Michelle Pfeiffer is my favourite actress

  • Married to the Mob

    Married to the Mob

    ★★★½

    i think Michelle Pfeiffer is my favourite actress

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