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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★

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

    This film is hard to rate and review because one needs to separate its factors. It is not one plot, it is not one story.
    1- There is the story of HAL and Dave. The thriller that plays out due to the dangers of artificial intelligence. This story is only a tiny portion of the movie as a whole. It is used as a transition for the overarching plot:
    2- the main plot is an expressive view of space, time,…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★½

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

    This is in my top 5 favorite films. There is not much to be said other than it is beautiful, it is thoughtful, it draws you in. Even with its occasional, absurdly grotesque animation that is common in Ghibli films, the detail that is provided in every corner of every scene is immaculate. The characters are endearing and the changes they see are heartfelt. Along those lines, Sophie is one of my favorite characters of all time. It is uncommon…