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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Hard to gage considering how happy this film makes you once it’s over, but for a kids movie, it’s got a fair bit of stress to it. Nothing that prevents it from being the comfort movie that it is, though.
    Also, this is the 300th stress rating! I hope to continue doing more of this in the future, and I’ll also be fixing ratings that were in the old format when I rewatch the movie they’re attached…

  • American Psycho

    American Psycho

    ★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Bateman must’ve been studying horror movies with how good he is at making a scene have so much tension. And the movie only gets more stressful as he gets more insane.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 6.5
    I think I have a unconscious tendency not to be controversial with ratings, just out of a human desire to fit in, however I think I’m gonna try to be a bit more honest from now on. I…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★½

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀
    Incredibly engaging, to the point where you’re hanging on to every word like it’s a thriller, yet it rarely feels stressful per se. An average rating feels best. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 9.5
    I’m pretty sure I said something in my little Before Sunrise write-up about how close I was to giving the film a 10 (I gave it a 9.5) and it’s funny... Before Sunset somehow feels even closer. The dialogue, which is essentially the…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    Too long to be able to keep you at the edge of your seat for its entire runtime, but it damn sure tries in its final hour. Really knows how to get to your nerves. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 8.5
    I really ought to see more movies with Jake Gyllenhaal in them. Maybe it’s weird that that’s my takeaway from Zodiac, however I’m sure anyone who has seen this film will understand why that…