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  • Esluna: The Crown of Babylon

    ★★

  • Ninjababy

    ★★★★

  • No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

    ★★★★

  • One Second Champion

    ★★★

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  • Wood Job!

    Wood Job!

    ★★★★★

    Back in the early Aughts, I came across a Japanese movie in a video store dollar bin called ADRENALINE DRIVE. It turned out to be a peculiar comedy/romance/yakuza thriller and become a brief staple of past movie nights. I recently watched it again, and was surprised at how well it held up. I was curious to see what that film's director-- Shinobu Yaguchi-- had been up to since then, and eventually ended up with a copy of the oddly named…

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ★½

    Day TWO of the EMOJI MOVIE EXPERIENCE. Today's focus: This Movie's 3D is Bullshit and It Has A Secret Satanic Plotline

    But first, you may notice half a star added to the rating of this movie. I should come clean. I went with the flow of the crowd that says this movie should be terrible. It really isn't. It's at least base-line competently made. It has the occasional laughable moment. It has sins and offenses, but they're pretty much the…

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  • Ninjababy

    Ninjababy

    ★★★★

    Seeing people in a movie talking about BONE and BLANKETS blew my mind and brought me back to the mid-aughts, and the wargaming scene made me miss hanging out with friends at boardgame shops.

    Personal nerdstuff out of the way, this was an engaging tale of a young woman finding herself with an inexplicably complicated pregnancy and struggling to cope with the sudden responsibility. Strange that almost all the HIFF movies I've seen deal in wild tonal swings; NINJABABY balances…

  • No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

    No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics

    ★★★★

    A good, if slight look at the history of queer comics from the underground movement through the early aughts. You can only expect so much ground to be covered in 80 minutes, but I still think this was able to touch on some major events in American comics and their context within changing social and publishing dynamics.

    If there's an unexplored thread I'd like to see more from, perhaps it would be the more recent generation of creators. Modern artists…

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