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  • WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3

    WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3

    ★★★★½

    The progression of the Patlabor series from a lighthearted action mech show to a somber procedural tech-noir set in grey, desolate cityscapes that barely even features those mechs is the most interesting one that it could've taken, but I'm all for it. The decision to make this a Kaiju film is even weirder, to the point that this probably should've just been its own stand-alone movie, but the execution is really subdued and beautiful in the same way that Oshii's…

  • I'm Just F*cking with You

    I'm Just F*cking with You

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed turning my brain off and watching this after a long, busy day. The premise instantly grabbed me and the way that the story unfolds is pretty fun and unpredictable, despite all of its logical flaws and fatally stupid character decisions (that sheriff was an absolute moron). The dynamic between the insecure keyboard warrior Larry and the insane Chester is really entertaining, and the sense of humor is deliciously dark (albeit slightly too edgy) with the right amount…

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  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★★★★

    Black Rain deserves more love. The neon-lit visuals are so surreal and beautiful to look at- almost way too good for a film like this, actually. It looks like Blade Runner's little brother, even if Black Rain is nowhere near as sophisticated. Japan looks breathtaking here, although the culture seems to almost be as fetishized as it was in movies like The Wolverine. The plot is nothing too special despite some interesting turns here and there, and there is one…

  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life

    ★★★★

    I did not expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. I honestly thought that this was far better than the first two Bad Boys movies in every single way - the action sequences are cleaner, the cinematography is beautiful, the banter between Mike and Marcus is funnier than ever, and the dated '90s vibe of the originals is replaced with something sleeker and modern instead. The emotional stakes are raised here and there's a little more depth…