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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    It's that disappointment you feel when you wake up in the morning. Not because you need to wake up for work, or the countless other seemingly trivial things you need to accomplish, but the disappointment you feel that you're still alive another day. It's a strange sensation, really. A hopelessness so deep, so unbelievably exhausting, that it's managed to chip away at everything that once made you, you. You begin to wonder at what point you lost that part of…

  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday

    ★★★★½

    What a wonderfully sweet and measured film, my goodness. While often being overshadowed by the remarkable Hayao Miyazaki and his fantastical epics, Only Yesterday is just a delight to watch from beginning to end. Unlike Miyazaki's films, movies that I also adore, Takahata is far more concerned with the minutiae of everyday life — often taking the time to bask in life's smaller moments. Whether that's endless lectures about organic farming from a farm boy you just met, or that…

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  • Tokyo Fist

    Tokyo Fist

    ★★★★½

    I'm not even sure if I can see straight after Tokyo Fist. What the fuck. My mouth was completely agape those last 20 minutes or so — I was just sort of sitting there stunned. While the entire movie was your standard Tsukamoto goodness, that third act was something else entirely. It joins the Stargate Sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Part 8 from Twin Peaks: The Return as some of the most kinetic and visually audacious filmmaking I've…

  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★½

    EXPLOSIONSSSSSSS

    A healthy dose of slow motion ✔

    Doves ✔

    A glorious shootout in a cathedral/church ✔

    Our titular heroes duel wielding pistols while flying through the air ✔

    A mother fuckin' speed boat chase ✔

    Dudes in sunglasses smoking cigarettes ✔

    More melodrama than one can handle ✔

    EXPLOSSIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNSSSSSSSSSS

    Yep, it's a John Woo movie and it's perfect. Oh, and this one features a brilliant Nic Cage performance. I mean come on, he makes every movie better, it's just a fact.