Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Seven Samurai
  • Porco Rosso
  • Die Hard

Recent activity

  • Howl's Moving Castle


  • Whisper of the Heart


  • Belle


  • My Neighbors the Yamadas


Recent reviews

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle


    Ghibli Rewatch 4

    I still don't get it. I've described several anime films I've reviewed on this site as "trying to do Ghibli, but missing the heart of what makes those films special" or something along those lines, and it's bizarre having to describe not just a Ghibli film, not just a Miyazaki film, but one of the most well-regarded Ghibli-Miyazaki films that way. The frustrating thing is that I just can't put my finger on what's missing. It's obviously…

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart


    Ghibli Rewatch 3

    Still good. Pretty sure I've written this exact thing before, but it gets a bit bogged down in boring "she likes him but he likes someone else" type drama for a while in the middle and sags, and also has moments that look uncharacteristically bad for Ghibli, but it's still a great coming-of-age story at the end. Cool to see it so soon after The Cat Returns and make the connections there.

Popular reviews

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    Project Shinkai 6/6
    "Emotional Shot of Train or Railroad Crossing" Count: 5 (for a total of 38)

    Makoto Shinkai is, if nothing else, an interesting director. He skipped the rigid process that usually leads to becoming a big-name anime director by largely working outside the studio system, and became a megahit director at the relatively young age of 43 with Your Name, the current best performing anime of all time. For this, he's acrued a large amount of praise, often…

  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days

    The Place Promised in Our Early Days

    Project Shinkai 2/6

    "Emotional shot of train or railroad crossing" count: 5 (for a total of 7)

    Oh my God what have I gotten myself into?

    You can't have a film that's all emotional moments. You just can't. It gets exhausting quick, and if everything is meant to be hard hitting, nothing will actually hit hard. To quote the great Syndrome, "When everyone is Super, no one will be".

    This is precisely what The Place Promised in Our Early Days…