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  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★★★

    100 / 100

    #Beautifulism at its height of affectation. A film experience that lathers the viewer in a sensuous tale of oppression, enlightenment, liberation, and martyrdom. The story is secondary to the presentation itself. This film could be dismissively described as watercolor pornography, but that is to completely ignore the point of the film and its contents, seeing as it never ventures into careless exploitation of its subject matter.

    This atypical morality tale takes a story that would otherwise be…

  • The Snow Queen

    The Snow Queen

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful forgotten classic of animation, and apparently the reason Miyazaki got into the animation business. Stylistically, it resembles a hybrid of Fleischer school of animation with pre-Snow White Disney. The Snow Queen herself is one of the most fascinating characters I've seen in animation. She is a personified force of nature, basically a Russian variation on a Greek goddess. She does not passionately lash out at the trite insults of little Kay because she is literally animated ice [no…

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  • Mysteries of Lisbon

    Mysteries of Lisbon

    ★★★★

    Dickensian and Hugo-esque epics are a guilty pleasure I rarely have the opportunity to indulge. This has an unusual structure, where revelations are made at the tail end or beginning of whole new sequences, making a minor challenge for viewers to recognize younger iterations of previously introduced characters, this while mid-flashback-within-a-flashback. It gets rending, and I eventually threw in the towel and followed it using the Wikipedia summary.

    Still sumptuous and engaging, but a bit overpowering.

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★½

    That certainly was 99 minutes of my life repurposed to watch Richard Gere imitate my most hated character in film history.

    Woof.

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