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  • Moonlight
  • The Wind Rises
  • Spirited Away
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  • Brick

    ★★★★½

  • Heavy Metal

    ★★★

  • Hulk

    ★★½

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    ★★★★

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    "This is my gift... my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man."

    Live-action comic book films have never been better than Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies (I'm very excited to revisit 2 tomorrow).

    Remember when big-budget blockbuster superhero movies could just be about ordinary people, with ordinary problems and lives, thrust into extraordinary circumstances? There are some MCU movies that I like, but nothing in that universe has a heart like this. I teared up a few times, to be honest.…

  • Half Nelson

    Half Nelson

    ★★★★★

    I mean I don't want to wax poetic about the power of movies and all that, but this shit? This shit?? This is what movies are for. Dan Dunn is such a fully realized and fleshed out person, thanks to a combination of remarkable writing, deceptively canny direction, and an absolutely transcendent performance by Ryan Gosling. The ability to create such a full impression of a human being in just two hours, of taking a little corner of the world…

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  • Brick

    Brick

    ★★★★½

    I've never not been on Rian Johnson's wavelength, so it was a delight to finally dive into his beloved (and fucking awesome) low-budget debut film. I loved almost everything about this movie (the weakest element in its high school noir pastiche is the femme fatale, played capably by Nora Zehetner, the only main role that feels under-written, though I suppose that's par for the course for the genre).

    I think the hard-boiled dialogue works really well because it uses film…

  • Heavy Metal

    Heavy Metal

    ★★★

    A lot to like here, and a lot to loathe, kinda felt like I was watching what would happen if some underground fetish porn animators were given a real budget and some name actors to do the voices and were told to make something teenage boys would like. The story is as paper-thin and crude as you might expect but there's fun to be had, and the animation is expressive and vibrant (if dated by 2021 standards) so I can't say I didn't enjoy it.

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Fucking loved every second of this. Not even going to bother trying to write a coherent sentence about it on first viewing but here are some scattered thoughts and feelings and vibes I had while watching it.

    -Katherine Waterston might be the hottest person in the history of movies

    -I was only barely keeping track of what the fuck was happening but I had such a blast with it

    -PTA might be the greatest filmmaker ever tbh

    -Robert Elswit might…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★½

    Wild and messy and out of control, and sometimes loses itself, but my god do the parts that come together really come together. As earnest as it is ambitious, this is the work of a filmmaker throwing everything he has at you trying to impress you and also trying to make you feel things. I think PTA has made better films, and certainly more refined and controlled ones, but I don't think he's ever (of what I've seen) gone for…