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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    Road to Endgame: Part 15

    "I told Gamora how when I was a kid I used to pretend David Hasselhoff was my dad. He's a singer and actor from Earth, really famous guy. Earlier, it struck me... Yondu didn't have a talking car, but he did have a flying arrow. He didn't have the beautiful voice of an angel, but he did have the whistle of one. Both Yondu and David Hasselhoff went on kick-ass adventures and hooked up with…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★½

    Ready Player One means a lot to someone like me. I love pop-culture. I love movies, I love video games, I love music, you name it. I love escapism, and I love art. They way these things make me feel is like nothing else. Nothing truly makes me feel more alive than any of these.

    The most interesting thing that we humans create as a species of highly advanced apes, is art. One person writes a novel or a script,…

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  • Penguin Highway

    Penguin Highway

    ★★★★

    So what happens when you take Stranger Things and mix it with Annihilation and then add just a hint of Donnie Darko and Close Encounters? Well, you certainly wouldn't expect the result to be as colorful and wonderfully creative as Penguin Highway, but here we are. You'd also probably expect less jokes about large breasts, but you'd be wrong on that account too. This film really does have it all, huh?

    Director Hiroyasu Ishida's feature-length debut is filled to brim…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    Road to Endgame: Part 19

    "So anyway, this guy gets out of jail and starts working for Hank. And that's when he met Hope. And Hope's all like, 'I want nothing to do with you. Look at my hairdo. I'm all business.' And then Scotty's like, 'You know what, girl? My heart's all broken, and I'll probably never find love again. But damn, if I want to kiss you!' But then you fast-forward and they're all like into each other,…

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  • Modest Heroes

    Modest Heroes

    Anyone reading this is likely familiar with the story of Studio Ponoc. A collection of former Studio Ghibli animators and producers deciding to carry on making new animated features under a new name, all while carrying over the sprit and filmmaking philosophies learned though their time at Ghibli. They formed in response to Ghibli shutting down their movie division, which makes this backstory is a bit awkward now considering Miyazaki’s unexpected last movie recently went into production. 

    Anyway, I’d qualify…

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★½

    Caught this via a Fathom Event (Subbed, because I’m not uncultured swine).

    These are just some quick, casual thoughts on it:

    Pom Poko is a very charming, weird, and funny film. However, it has some flaws that hold it back from being as great as Isao Takahata’s other works.

    The film has a variety of strengths. 

    Firstly, it’s beautifully animated, especially the scenes with the photo-realistic raccoons. They look so good it’s almost jarring seeing them transform from that to…