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  • Gran Torino
  • Alien
  • Blade Runner
  • The Apartment

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  • Persepolis

    ★★★½

  • Event Horizon

    ★★★★

  • The Desperate Hours

    ★★★★½

  • The Stranger

    ★★½

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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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  • Persepolis

    Persepolis

    ★★★½

    The animation is great and I loved the fight for freedom that pervaded the movie, as it shows a lot of the issues with Sharia Law. The film also tries to tackle growing up and how someone can find themselves in a world that mostly doesn't care about them. It also doesn't make its characters saints and tries its best to dig into some of the internal problems the characters have to overcome. It's sad how far Iran has regressed…

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★★

    Some friends have been begging me to watch this one so I finally took a bit of time to do that. The horror aspect is great, one of the better horrors I've seen, and I loved the set and props. This is the kind of movie I like the most, although I was disappointed with some of the choices aesthetically and the decision to have the terrible CGI. Some of the ideas of the film don't work very well, but…

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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,…