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  • Gran Torino
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • The Apartment

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  • Val

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

  • The Kid

    ★★★★

  • Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin

    ★★★

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Spirited Away has captured so many hearts because of it's rich animation, its strange aesthetic, and the messages embedded in its characters. To many this film is peak Miyazaki, and though it was my second anime film it helped to instill a confidence in me that I could watch anime films and enjoy them (something my immediate family never could do).

    The first thing that leaps out at me to talk about are the sisters Yubaba and Zeniba, which in…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Definitely a film that makes you think. Cinematography among the best I've ever seen, but at the same time I think that most of the scenes lingered too long. It is one thing to pause for gravity and emphasis, it's another to be sitting at a crossroads, not moving and just staring at what is basically a slightly moving picture in a film. The sepia contrast images were just beautiful, and really the whole film is beautiful from an art…

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  • Val

    Val

    ★★★★★

    The movie Val reveals on screen the passion within that I have to document my own life. It is almost impossible to put words to a page and have someone truly know who you were, and as Val I am often sad that my endeavor to paint the picture of my life (through a written record in my case) will always be irrevocably incomplete. Val wants to be seen for the person inside the shell of his body, and that…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Since I enjoyed this movie so much I have to get what I disliked about it out of the way before I forget it in a blaze of star-struck awe. The part where Hangman saves the two pilots cheapened the scene where Rooster saved Maverick a bit and that irked me because it left a scene that was feeling like it was full of stakes to instead feel like the stakes should never have been there in the first place.…

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★

    King Kong is so uncharacteristically bloody and violent in comparison to any other film I've seen from this era! So much death, carnage, and ripping apart the jaws of your enemies! The acting isn't bad and though the pacing stalls around the hour mark, the last forty minutes of the film more than make up for any issues the earlier part of the film had. Obviously the stop motion is genius and the special effects have had a lasting effect…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★★

    I cried. What else is new. Maybe if you’re from my generation, you can remember and empathize with how sad I was when Spider-Man 3 struggled enough that 4 never materialized. The Spider-Man you grew up with (because I didn’t have an opportunity to read the comics, other than the encyclopedias) was Spider-Man no more. Although X-Men is the true pioneer in this kind of movie, Spider-Man made it obvious that this kind of movie wasn’t just a one-time success,…