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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    Would love to get ahead of the inevitable discourse on this one with some piping hot takes and/or analysis, but unfortunately the only real thing I have to say about this is that there is nothing much to say. Yet another boring circle jerk of Hollywood's 'glory days', with an irritating focus on replicating the various stylistic features of the period (which doesn't even yield particularly great results, I might add; the footage is soaked in artificial grain but still…

  • Ganja & Hess

    Ganja & Hess

    ★★★★

    Not sure I could offer anything much in the way of commentary on the film's themes or plot, which are pretty vaguely expressed and at times pretty hard to decipher, though what is decipherable is both hard to express in words and also way outside of my realm of understanding. That's not to say the film is light on substance; on the contrary, it's extremely dense with meaning. Being a vampire narrative, the film is (or at least seems to…

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  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

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

    When the chopper appears out of nowhere at the very end was the moment when cinema peaked. Everything since has been a vain attempt to match it.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    Hadn't seen this in probably 6+ years and completely forgot what a masterpiece it is. Probably only bested by the director’s own Spirited Away as the best coming-of-age movie ever made in my eyes, a wonderfully loose string of moments both beautiful and melancholy, but all of them equally true. Despite Kiki only being 13 years of age, at 17 I don't think I've ever related to this character more - this is not a movie about what it feels…