• Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    ★★★

    Crazy how the bombing of Hiroshima and the Nazi occupation of France were both actually about this one white woman and her feelings.

  • Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll

    ★★★★★

    Only true sincerity can move the human heart.

    Kawajiri doesn't have the same degree of reverence on this website as the other Madhouse co-founders and old guard, much less successors like Asaka (the Nana guy), Kojima (the Monster guy), Kon, Yuasa or Hosoda, which basically makes him one of anime's greatest vulgar auteurs, if such a thing can even exist in a medium that despite whatever Ghibli fans will tell you is already vulgar.

    This is a mixed blessing because…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★

    Passes the Bechdel Test but fails the as yet unnamed test where a woman's problems aren't solved by talking to a dude for five minutes.

    Sorry gamers it's not progress if the goalposts are stationary.

  • Magnetic Rose

    Magnetic Rose

    ★★★½

    Case listened to the silence of the hall, punctuated by the soft clink of the candelabrum. Candles? Straylight was all wrong. He remembered Cath’s story of a castle with pools and lilies, and 3Jane’s mannered words recited musically by the head. A place grown in upon itself. Straylight smelled faintly musty, faintly perfumed, like a church. Where were the Tessier-Ashpools? He’d expected some clean hive of disciplined activity, but Molly had seen no one.

    Contemporary cyberpunk is boring because it…

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    Maybe it's revelatory that Pixar made a low concept movie without a precisely plotted three act structure and a big stupid climax, but for all the praises the late John Lasseter sang for Ghibli and excepting approximately half of Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up and Inside Out it's a wonder how it took them this long to actually do it. It's as if they finally reached peak high concept stupid with Soul, which had enough half-baked ideas and metaphors to make one's…

  • Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro

    Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro

    Nagatoro is into the self-insert guy because he's a promising artist, and despite his passivity this already puts him head and shoulders above the average harem protagonist who represents the audience and not the author. She's basically his muse and is constantly encouraging him to be better, which is what everyone's Inner Girl critic was for anyway (and why smug anime face is such effective rhetoric), and it's a mistake to place this locus from without (unfortunately this is where…

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    Ritual abuse and snuff filmmaking are two of those things where it's basically impossible to tell if anyone actually cares about them or takes them seriously. Any media that actually broach them as a subject like Eyes Wide Shut or Videodrome also lampshade them to such a degree as to basically gaslight the audience, potentially because Hollywood is founded in part upon such abuses, or because they're rarer than moral panic would suppose. Even in case they're as widespread as…

  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

    Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

    ★★★★

    Got the Science Juice injection so I could see this.

    I like the sentiment about the strong existing to protect the weak, and the demons basically being cowards who fear death above everything, which inverts the Sadeian/Nietzschean/Isayaman myth about the strong preying on the weak and gives the movie a moral center akin to Berserk. Unfortunately in real life those three were right and the strong do prey on the weak in the form of factory farms and factory schools,…

  • Buck Breaking

    Buck Breaking

    ★★★★★

    Proudly raising a middle finger to the left, a funhouse mirror to the right, and tossing a gauntlet at the feet of inclusive liberal society as a whole, Buck Breaking is basically regime critique at its most chaotic and entertaining. Blatant projection and phobias aside, the casual viewer must admire Tariq for his unwavering commitment to being as politically incorrect as humanly possible, punching in every conceivable direction, including inwardly by inviting our laughter at the literal DeviantArt he commissioned…

  • Extinction Party

    Extinction Party

    ★★★★½

    You're the gift.

  • Marnie

    Marnie

    Trauma, I guess along with empathy, has become a bit of a sacred cow in film discourse over the last decade or so and probably longer. This isn't an issue in itself because empathy is sacred and comes naturally from adept storytelling, and so many horrific events: like Thomas Hardy witnessing a public execution, or Lynch's encounter with an ostensible rape victim, or Nobuhiko Obayashi's hometown being obliterated, or Miyazaki's childhood flight to the countryside with his sick mother, or…

  • Watch The K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

    Watch The K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

    ★★★★★

    When people say "Based? Based on what?" show them this.