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  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    ★★★

    A unique addition to Seth Rogen’s filmography that features one of his most interesting/compelling performances, but doesn’t quite nail all its themes. Felt very unfocused and tried to hit on too many issues at once. Overall, I liked how sweet it was but wished it had focused more on the central theme of family.

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    One of the most imaginative and creative films I’ve ever seen. Miyazaki expertly hides mature themes of modernization and industrial greed within a beautifully animated fantasy realm. Definitely his most unique film and one that will stand the test of time.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★★

    One of the best fantasy films of all time and an immensely satisfying conclusion to the Lord of the Rings. The action is epic and directed so well and the emotional moments hit hard. I haven’t felt this invested in a film in a long time. This has now become my favorite movie trilogy of all time, and I can see myself revisiting it more often in the future.

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    One of, if not my favorite Miyazaki film. Although I love Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, this film felt so epic and engaging. This isn’t the first Ghibli film to deal with themes of man vs nature, but the characters presented here are so well written and provide a level of complexity that enriches the conflict within the story. I consider this Miyazaki’s masterpiece and one of the best animated films I’ve ever seen.