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  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★½

    Hadn’t seen this one since I was maybe 13 or 14 and I’m still totally bowled over by its scope. Drawing from Japanese mythology, it’s able to create a powerful allegory for the destruction of the planet while still recognizing the humanity of the villager struggling against nature. It’s such a visual feast! To be able to create such unique lighting, and texture, and movement in hand drawn animation is unbelievable, and makes for some of the most compelling action…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    Was absolutely beaming for most of this. Only wish I got to see it as a little kid who loved to dig up worms.

  • The Watermelon Woman

    The Watermelon Woman

    Sweet and genuine, but also a distressing detective story in search the missing voice of the black woman in film.

  • Mad Max 2

    Mad Max 2

    One of the best action movies I’ve ever seen. On par with Fury Road, a lot of similar violent car chases and fast motion footage and rumination on communal loss caused by catastrophe. Awesome👍🏽

  • Lenny Cooke

    Lenny Cooke

    It was so jarring seeing that old footage of Lenny palling around with Lebron and Melo. Montage of the 2002 NBA draft is absolutely heartbreaking. The rare Safdie movie where the screw-up learns from his mistakes and grows. The Lenny serenading his girl with Mario’s “You Should Let Me Love You” in 2012 is worlds away from the one trying to cheat on her outside a Vegas hotel in 2002.

  • Betty Blue

    Betty Blue

    What a completely unhinged, horny movie, totally insane, like a parody of a French art movie. The character of Betty is a total male fantasy but I am a male and I enjoyed the fantasy so why pretend I’m holier-than-thou. Inconsistent as it is, it’s still beautifully shot and genuinely very sexy, especially Beatrice Dalle’s performance as Betty.

  • Loves of a Blonde

    Loves of a Blonde

    My first of Forman’s Czechoslovak films and I can already see the sort of naturalistic approach, unconventional casting, and bawdy, rebellious sense of humor that’d define his American hits. Just a very simple, but still tender, comedy about a young woman who misinterprets a hook up. Was hoping for a happier ending but the ending we got was still very plausible and worked.

  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City

    In love with the soft lighting used for this movie & the general patheticness of every character is a pretty accurate depiction of life in New Jersey. Also, Susan Sarandon! Burt Lancaster! Louis Malle! Good stuff.

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    Really absorbing discussion of life, death, spirituality, theatre, comfort, the future, and science. Flows so naturally and intimately in part due to Malle’s direction. Yet, as interesting as the conversation was, the ending is what stuck with me. The feeling of riding home on the subway after seeing an old friend, relieved they’re okay, replaying the conversation in your head, beautifully paired with Gymnopedie 1.

  • Daisies

    Daisies

    “Does it matter?”
    “It doesn’t matter.”

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    Nauseating and beautiful in all the right ways. A compassionate and accurate depiction of the long lasting trauma of CSA, one that never feels oppressive due to its dreamlike atmosphere and Araki’s clear affection for the characters.

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    When I was 15 I thought this was the coolest movie ever made. I was right!