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  • Liz and the Blue Bird

    Liz and the Blue Bird

    ★★★★½

    Soooo close to five-starring this!

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★★★

    Rewatched for Japanese class! Cute and wholesome and inspiring. What the hell would I do without Studio Ghibli?

    Note: Released in 1995 and featuring a contemporary Japanese setting, I was wondering why there was no hint whatsoever of the country's economic crisis in this. Then I saw that the movie is actually based on a manga released between August and November 1989, only two years before the onset of Japan's "Lost Decade". Kinda sad if you think about it: the…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★½

    First time rewatched in HD + original dub.

    Yes, this is not as timeless as some of Miyazaki's previous efforts, and I do see why people love to poke fun at the sappy ending, but man... as far as I'm concerned, he can get away with it. Maybe he's the only one who can. Ending a movie like this. It just feels so unabashedly pure and honest and beautiful... messy third act be damned.

    As for the rest of the…

  • Beyond the Boundary: I'll Be Here - Future

    Beyond the Boundary: I'll Be Here - Future

    ★★

    Sad to give this a low rating, and I'm down with KyoAni trying an action series, but this desperately needed better source material... Oh well. The two leads are cute (the glasses are indeed super cute) and they deserve each other.