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  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart


    The subdued, almost passive attitude of Whisper of the Heart is it's most electric and notable asset. Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the two heavyweights that propelled Studio Ghibli to worldwide fame, both maintain a certain sincerity. An obvious depth, weight, and wisdom so deeply woven into their films, making them the classics they've come to be. Whisper of the Heart directed by Kondo Yoshifumi (nine years younger than Miyazaki), presents itself differently. We simply live with these characters, getting…

  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider


    Full of breathless action and edge-of-your-seat thrills, Tomb Raider has all I could ask for in an adventure film. Compelling, exciting protagonist? Check. I loved Alicia Vikander in this. Physical, open and honest; she excels in this more gritty and grounded take on Lara Kroft's adventures. She doesn't have many lines, but she works wonders with her expressive eyes and muscular physicality and is able to make the most important part of this, the tomb raider herself, excel. Next, you…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land


    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival



    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…