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  • 5 Centimeters per Second
  • Battle Royale
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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  • Lightyear

    ★★½

  • Laid-Back Camp Movie

  • Plan 75

    ★★★½

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    I distinctly remember the first time I saw Lady Bird.

    It was the sort of film someone like me (and basically any early-to-mid-20-something getting into movies) at that time was all-but-destined to fall in love with. Just days away from my 21st birthday as a second year university student where everything felt like it was falling apart personally and academically, I needed an escape. The support network I had at university in friends had disintegrated (later reconciled to an extent),…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ‘Let Star Wars die, kill it if you have to’

    The 2010s will be remembered as the decade the big-budget blockbuster irreparably changed. More so than ever the latest blockbusters are created not in the minds of the director or even the empty sacks greedy executives can’t wait to fill with the dollar bills received from box office earnings, but the bedrooms of often-privileged fans with a voice loud enough to come out on top in the social media hell-scape…

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  • Lightyear

    Lightyear

    ★★½

    A pretty animated film with an identity crisis. No wonder it struggled to find its place when marketed and, while doing well, probably didn’t do as well as Pixar wanted even in spite of being able to take some IMAX premiums.

    I can imagine the right young kid seeing this could fall in love. But thematically the studio has tackled this better, and the story seems to flick between what it wants to be to the point that elements of…

  • Laid-Back Camp Movie

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    We are in the endgame now! The endgame of culture as anything for a vessel of nostalgic reminiscence repacked as weaker retreads of the same story bits and shoulder-nudging what-ifs and references.

    It’s a shame to have a movie that showcases just how a multiverse crossover story can be utilized to an enhancing incredible effect can be minimized and reduced to something so meaningless. Referencing the movie in the text does you no favors. Spider-man has had an issue of…

  • Enter the Anime

    Enter the Anime

    EDIT: I expanded on these thoughts in an article for OTAQUEST, please read this article to learn more

    The 20th century wants its orientalism back and the 21st century doesn’t want your attempts to frame an entire medium with a rich and culturally important history reduced to a commodity and a new medium discussed and framed as though it was actually created by Netflix.

    The second one is sinister as it frames itself as a documentary discovering what anime is,…