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  • The Red Turtle

    The Red Turtle

    ★★★½

    Probably the most relaxing, gentle, and simple movie that I could've watched to calm my nerves, since I'm starting college tomorrow and I'm anything but calm. It didn't blow me away and it would've worked much better as a short film, but it's the right kind of movie to help you drift to sleep feeling happy and light. Pretty nice.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★

    I don't remember the last time I was genuinely nervous going into a movie... it must have been The Dark Knight Rises, 5 or so years ago? I'm a big fan of the Ghost in the Shell anime so of course I wanted a good adaptation. Ghost in the Shell 1995 has been my favorite movie for a while now - it's probably the closest thing that I've seen to my ideal movie, and it arrived in my life when…

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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…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    Oh my gooood, I think John Wick 2 is even better than the first one. While it lacks the charming simplicity and the heart of its predecessor, it doubles down on all of the action, world-building, and gorgeous visuals. The gunplay in this movie is SO GOOD!!! The way he shoots, counts his bullets, reloads, switches guns, flips his enemies, and all of the crazy creative shit that he does with his weapons, I've just never seen anything like it…