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  • The Mission

    The Mission

    the perfect blend of cheesy style in what is essentially a hangout movie makes the mission extremely watchable. sensuous, even. men standing around in collared shirts and black pants never looked quite so appealing before. the spatial/geographic aspects of the first major shootout (the sniper) lose me in the cuts, and lack the sort of internal consistency you'll find in the second shootout. the second being, of course, fantastic; i could watch that sequence endlessly. such emphasis on delicate movements,…

  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie

    Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie

    ★★★★★

    there is no prince

    a car without its key is stuck and goes to rust

    the ultimate synthesis of hesse's demian and derrida. doesn't have that superlative television sequence of the 'eternal castle' shattered as the illusion that it is, but this whole film is that essential moment expanded. trades that subtlety in for the sensuous revving of an engine. while i consider the show in my top five most important media, this film is perhaps the greatest example of…

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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ½

    so are we just going to ignore the fact that a japanese woman was kidnapped and turned into a caucasian robot?

    this might be the most sinister film i've ever seen in my life.

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

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

    ironically the film that i adored when i was a mindless, mouth-breathing teenager is a fitting abstraction to represent the political reality leading up to the united state's 2016 election. the superhero thing i felt with the world's end isn't here at all (which only reinforces the feeling with the world's end all the more). what is here, beyond all the hilarious movie homages (that michael bay rising shot is so wonderful), within all the extremely aware editing, is a…