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  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    charming, warm, and lovely. perfectly embodies the smell of fresh baked bread or newly cut grass; the sound of birds chirping or a breeze making the leaves of trees rustle; the sight of a rainbow as the sun comes out after it’s been raining a little; the taste of home made pasta or biscuits; the feeling of gentle heat from the sun or a soft wind blowing your hair as you go outside for the first time in ages.

    in…

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part

    'Til Madness Do Us Part

    ★★★★★

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

    "Being held up in here too long really makes you mentally sick, I mean seriously mentally ill."

    People walk around completely naked, pee wherever they happen to be standing, climb into other people's beds, wander through the hall or sleep all day, are ignored by doctors and are given no real treatment, no therapy, no form of routine that you'd expect in such a facility. The place feels more like a prison than a hospital, yet there's still humanity: singing…

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  • Kikujiro

    Kikujiro

    ★★★★★

    Everything that makes Kikujiro so lovely:

    - the simple story of a boy searching for his mother while getting into adventures and meeting fun people along the way
    - the cute friendship that develops between masao and kikujiro
    - getting to see a playful, caring side to the tough guy yakuza
    - the feeling of summer that radiates from the screen as the film plays
    - joe hisaishi’s beautiful music (listen to summer, it’s so lovely I promise)
    - kitano’s artwork …

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    ★★★★★

    A film which depicts the reality that, after a loved one dies, life still must go on. You may meet someone new and create a new life with them but the life you had with the person you lost still lives on inside you, in your memories with that person. In essence, although we may move on, we never forget that person, we’re still bound to them, still think about them, still grieve their loss, there’s still questions... “why?”, “what…