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  • The Garden of Sinners – Chapter 5: Paradox Spiral
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
  • Love Exposure
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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  • Vertigo

    ★★★★½

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★½

  • Jean de Florette

    ★★

  • Irma Vep

    ★★★½

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    I first watched Evangelion in January, just five months ago. It's amazing to see how far I've come since then.
    Evangelion found me during what was probably the lowest point of my depression. It wasn't the time I felt the most hopeless, or the angriest with the world. But it was certainly the time I felt the most dead inside. I would wake up every day with no idea where I was going, and no desire to even go anywhere…

  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★★

    Some things feel like they were made just for you, you know?

    This is a film that manages to speak to my deepest fears, needs, desires and insecurities in ways that I never could have imagined.
    It lures me in with these sweet promises of cute love and soft teenage ideals, then wrecks my soul. Real ideas presented in a wonderfully fantastical manner.
    I'm always scared that someday I'm going to wake up a different person. But it's never going…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★½

    I'm not sure where to begin with this film because I'm not even exactly sure how it accomplishes all it does. It works like a machine; I can tell it's perfectly crafted even without seeing or understanding the inner workings. All I know is that Hitchcock drew me hook, line, and sinker into this whirlpool of fear and insanity with the opening credits alone didn't give me a second to breathe for the next two straight hours of my life.…

  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    ★★★½

    Took me a while to really tune into it --the film operates on a very specific, self-indulgent frequency-- but once I did it was spectacular. Sure I have a few complaints (the pastels, whites, and generally cheesiness of the whole thing are overdone even for me) but the whole time I just wanted to sing and dance along. Unfortunately I don't speak french so I had no idea what they were saying most of the time. But the spirit was…

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★

    The inspiration Hideaki Anno drew from this is clear (as is his 90 seconds of influence on the film itself) but even I have to admit that isn't even the best part about the film. Blending sci-fi with nature, mixing the old in the new, placing environmentalist themes and houses in fantastical future setting: it's Studio Ghibli's Dune. And I loved every second of it.
    The intrigue is present in the first few minutes, with smooth animation, an instantly likable…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    Huge disclaimer that I was late to the theatre and completely missed the first act of the film. So I have to give it the benefit of the doubt, but even still, most of what I saw was pretty enjoyable.
    I really only came to see this because of Tony Leung and of course he runs circles around the rest of the cast. Which isn't even a diss against the rest of the cast but he's just in a league…