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  • The Human Condition

    The Human Condition

    ★★★★★

    While I didn't give any of the individual parts five stars, I definitely think that as a whole, The Human Condition deserves five stars.

    It's a harrowing, dark and brutal war epic that explores the horrors of war through the psychological torture endured by its protagonist, who tries desperately to stick to his morals and ideals in an environment that rejects his pacifism and encourages ruthlessness and violence.

    While I still think that individually each of the three parts suffers…

  • Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow

    ★★★½

    Do you ever just watch a movie and think to yourself: "you know what? Yeah this IS pretty fucking fun!"? This was that movie for me.

    It's extremely campy and it knows it. It's more concerned with being a fun homage to classic Hammer horror films than an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

    Its silliness can be a bit off-putting at first, but after a while, it grew on me. It's also highly elevated by it's incredible production…

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  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★½

    This movie is both beautiful and terrifying.
    Whenever I'm not in awe at the incredible sets and creature design, I'm shocked at the brutal violence and disturbing themes.

    It has some of the most impressive makeup effects I've ever seen. The faun and the Pale Man (both played by Doug Jones) alone were enough to justify it winning a Best Makeup Oscar, but even small things like the cut on Captain Vidal's cheek are incredible.

    Speaking of Captain Vidal, hats…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

    This is a prefect example of a movie that's not about a plot, but about a mood. A simple story about two lonely people. It captures a sort innocent awkwardness that's both very relatable and really touching.

    Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are amazing and work extremely well together. Their chemistry is subtle and awkward, which works perfectly for the tone of the movie.

    The karaoke scene is probably one of my new favorite movie scenes ever.

    I love the ending. I love the soundtrack. I love the movie.