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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★

    Older and more cynical now, I'm less enchanted by the innocence of this early Miyazaki, but still admire how it's crafted and most especially the contributions of the music. My favorite critic dislikes it, let's look at the possible criticisms from his review on this site because I felt a lot of the same things on this rewatch:
    "Fabulous beasties" - oh that's not a criticism, it's true. Yep, can confirm.

    "annoyingly winsome protagonist" - Really notice this now; A…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    I agree with the criticism that the horror takes away from the satire, and vice versa. Especially with regards to the ending. But throughout the first half I still felt a sense of dread and tension that was pretty strong. And it gets extra points for the originality of the premise and a great performance by the lead actor.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

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

    TL;DR: "2001" is a great film, and it's worth watching even if the circumstances aren't perfect.

    I've been pondering what an enormous range of experiences watching a movie is for people in 2013. From silent reverence in front of 35mm projections to an iPad and headphones while falling asleep, it's a wider spectrum than what I once experienced simply as: a) going to the cinema with friends or family, b) watching on TV enduring commercial breaks or on VHS tapes…

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    The best part about joining this site was retroactively giving a grade to films I've seen while combing the site's database. This was easy for me as Netflix used to have a similar social layer without half-stars that I used and I mostly clicked on the same star (give or take a 1/2). I don't know what kind of psychological profile it gives me (insane film rating completist?) but I went back pretty far in time in terms of what…