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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

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    It's hard to imagine my life without Spirited Away. Dad brought the DVD home in the mid 2000's, and I'd revisit it constantly. Completely enthralled by its compelling blend of dark tones, fantasy worldbuilding and a unique kind of storytelling I had simply never come across before. Spirited Away was my introduction to anime, and world cinema in general, so I'll always be thankful for that. It wasn't until the early 2010's that I realised Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki had…

  • Kwaidan

    Kwaidan

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    This is my 1000th review on Letterboxd!

    Big thanks to Reinier who suggested this film in my 'Pick my 1000th review' list; what an incredible film to mark an important milestone in my film-watching career.

    Stylistically, this seems to be a departure from the types of film Kobayashi had made up to this point; out with the bold humanistic dramas, in with the surreal bone chilling horror masterpiece. Kwaidan is an anthology of ghostly tales inspired by classic Japanese folklore.…

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  • Allegro Non Troppo

    Allegro Non Troppo

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    Allegro Non Troppo (roughly translated means "play fast, but not overly so") is Bruno Bozzetto's tongue-in-cheek parody of Disney's spellbinding Fantasia. Beautifully animated vignettes inspired by and set to classical music.

    Our world is merely black and white, a dim monochromic image as an animator is taken out of captivity, put on stage with an orchestra comprised solely of old ladies and told to go to work. The animator is in equal footing with the conductor; both dressed to the…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

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    Relentless and unwavering in its brutality, Come and See's pessimistic yet realistic approach to the war film is terrifying, but vital. From the loss of childhood innocence, to the decaying landscape, Klimov's physical and often surreal manifestation of the horrors of war transcend preconceived notions of terror and dread. Whereas The Painted Bird's attempt at showcasing a child's vision of war felt lofted and weightless at times - (ultimately detrimental to the experience) - Come And See's onslaught of ferocity never lets up; there is no levity in this war. This is truly the most emotionally traumatising and powerful piece of anti-war filmmaking.

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

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    Men will literally make a 4 hour cut of their bad superhero movie instead of going to therapy.

  • Babe: Pig in the City

    Babe: Pig in the City

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    For all the struggles humanity has faced over the past few years, I'm eternally grateful I was fortunate enough to exist at the same time as Stephen Gillespie; the only madman I know who would put so much love and care into hosting a screening of Babe: Pig In The City at 1:00am on a Thursday morning. An unabashedly left-field and expressive swine story, with outlandish production design that rivals any Gilliam, Jodorowsky or Burton production. Miller pushes his creative boundaries to craft one of the single most unfiltered and chaotic family films ever made.

    That'll do, pig.