senseiparks has written 19 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ .

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½
    Though it deals with topics like depression and anxiety, however the warmth and charm of the movie generally keeps this movie being a very comforting watch.
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10
    (Re-typed because I accidentally deleted all of it a few hours ago)

    I cannot imagine myself loving a movie more than I do Kiki’s Delivery Service. I welcome any and all movies to try, however I doubt they could really connect with me…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    Deeply emotionally effecting, and though it is mostly very quiet and relaxing, the harsh reality of our two lead characters’ lives is ultimately unavoidable. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10
    Very long review incoming:
    Of the main six art forms that are usually brought up when taking about fine art (music, poetry, sculpture, painting, video/film, and architecture), I’ve always felt that architecture stands out as the oddest pick of the group. It’s an applied art, meaning…

  • 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…

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🧸🧸
    I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how much they hated seeing Charlie Brown get dumped on as a kid, however I think the tight resolution and overall quaint tone keeps this from being too stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10
    The pinnacle of Christmas television, A Charlie Brown Christmas set the bar as high as it could back in ‘65 and no other special has topped it to this day. Condensed within twenty…

  • Kill la Kill

    Kill la Kill

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½ 
    With lightning fast pacing and at least one (though usually many) gnarly action sequence per episode, Kill la Kill does not give your heart a rest. And even with its quietest moments, which are often the most emotional, this show is still pretty stressful. 
    (The Stress Ratings List)

    Personal Rating: 10 
    Not me giving another ten to an anime series......... ok but I feel like I should be allowed this one because it’s now my new…

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½
    There is nothing more terrifying to me than impending death. And even though Ikiru aims more to inspire you rather than to crush you, the feelings within yourself it forces you to confront are more than enough to warrant this stress rating.

    Personal Rating: 10
    By the time I’ve finished writing and posted this, it’ll probably been hours since I watched Ikiru — this is definitely not an easy film to talk about. It’s not that…

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌸 ½
    This was incredibly hard to rate, as the viewing experience was just so pleasant, however I cried too many times to justify a perfect one rating. Still a very comfortable watch, though! 

    Personal Rating: 10
    Take everything I said about the original Paddington — each bit of praise that I tossed its way — and double it this time around. The script is a masterpiece, the effects are even grander, and Paddington the bear is even more…

  • Love on a Leash

    Love on a Leash

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATINGS: 🧸🧸
    Surprisingly very dramatic and has multiple depressing story beats. Thankfully enough, none of them are done well enough to not be absolutely hilarious. 

    Personal Rating: 1,000,000
    I really wasn’t gonna give this five stars, but the feeling of finishing Love on a Leash was so visceral that I almost felt like I had no choice. It was always going to end up this way. Every alternate dimension features me giving Love on a Leash a 1,000,000/10 and there’s nothing…

  • Cowboy Bebop

    Cowboy Bebop

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 🌀🌀🌀 ½
    All television shows are inherently more stressful than movies due to the amount of emotional investment you put in them, so its kind of hard for me to rate this. There's a lot of action, a lot of fun, and even a good handful of heartfelt moments. Cowboy Bebop juggles it all, and does every one of them with exquisite grace and style.

    Personal Rating: 10
    Ok soooooo I just finished this. Best characters, music, and…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½
    High stress rating is primarily due to how much intensity and passion you can feel from the actors at, like, all times. Emotionally exhausting (in a good way), and definitely a crier. 

    Personal Rating: 10
    Although I feel wholly unqualified to talk about this film in any critical manner, there are still three random things I want to say in this little review / diary log.

    1. The first two times I saw Portrait of a…

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥
    Personal Rating: 10

    Last time I saw this, it inspired me so much that I wrote a 60+ page screenplay that was so Kaufman-esque he probably could sue me in court if I ever sold it to a publisher. It was the first screenplay I’ve ever written, and as of now I haven’t written anything similar since. If that doesn’t tell you how good Charlie Kaufman’s screenwriting is in this, that I don’t know what will. Michel…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    STRESS RATING: 💥💥💥💥 ½
    Personal Rating: 10

    In other Kaufman works, he’s describing the strange intricacies of the writing process, or the strange intricacies of love of memory, but Synecdoche, New York takes it to its farthest: the strange intricacies of existence. The result is as much a comedy as it is a horror movie, an endless contrast of heartfelt scenes and painfully awkward ones, all while the characters slowly march to their deaths before our very eyes. The passage of…