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  • Cutie Honey

    Cutie Honey

    ★★★★★

    Silly, smart, and wickedly cute. I waited way too long to give this a chance– I loved it.

  • Daicon Film's Return of Ultraman

    Daicon Film's Return of Ultraman

    ★★★★★

    This is better than I could’ve possibly imagined. Completely brilliant with beautiful effects.
    Shin Ultraman, I’ll be waiting patiently.

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    As I hoped, Guy Ritchie's kinetic energy is thoroughly intact here. I was smiling when the credits came on.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★★★

    Feels to me like a new friend who knows my sense of humor better than people acquainted with me for a life time. I don't know much about him, but I learned from this that Jim Jarmusch is a flagrant weirdo, and he knows it, and he knows you know it. I bet he had a great time watching Twin Peaks: The Return.

    (The improv driving scenes with Adam and Bill had me at the edge of my seat. Soooo good.)

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    The objectively best-looking movie EVER ?

    8th wonder.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    Evangelion threw away my net-grown elitism. As a child I fed my impressionable heart straight poison online and I'm still removing remnants of the disease. I strive to be better in my life, in the simplest and most grandiose meaning, putting the ways of childhood behind me.

    My re-watch this week solidified a perspective I learned from Evangelion that I find great relief in: I no longer care to hear anybody's commentary or critique on it, nor do I need other people to share my sentiments or experience it "perfectly." Evangelion is personal and I'm happy I love it.

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    I. 20 fps silent
    II. 24 fps visions of light
    (I vastly preferred the silent version.)

    The Passion of Joan of Arc is an eternal work of art.

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    This was fascinating to watch. So much vision in the cinematography, so many beautiful matte paintings, and such excellent voice acting, paired with CG that looks like it’s from a bonus disc’s work-in-progress feature. It’s thoroughly bizarre.

    I adore the original Watership Down film, and despite the debatably sacrilegious new art direction, I really enjoyed this one too!

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★½

    yeah this was GREAT

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    walked out after 5 minutes because of popcorn munchers

    i’ll try again later. i hope those people choke (—but live! i don’t wish death on them it’s not that bad)

    update: i did try again later--at 10am on a sunday. had the theater to myself! :-)

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★½

    Discount Tom Hardy crunches dudes on his quest for vengeance with help from an enabling spine-implanted chip.

    I'm about done with revenge stories fueled by dead wives. It sucks. Find a new plot device for your cheeky brutal neon breakbeat action movie. 

    Style alone doesn't make a movie great, and while it easily pushes this one into watchable, it doesn't elevate it above. It's fine, but don’t go out of your way to see it.

  • Clerks

    Clerks

    ★★★★½

    happy scrappy hero pup