disneydreamdiary has written 33 reviews for films during 2021.

  • Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time

    “It’s Time for You to Grow Up,” Declares Beloved Children’s Cartoon Director, Gives Self-Insert Character "Mommy GF" to Convey Maturity

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    This Worthless Lil Solipsist

    Is Getting SUPER HOT

    AMNIOTIC EGO DEATH

    and basipally,
    you're a meme

    CLICK HERE TO DIE

  • Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman: The Birth of Gautaman

    Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman: The Birth of Gautaman

    ★★★★½

    Was going to watch the new Rebuild tonight but decided on a classic instead.

  • The Sword in the Stone

    The Sword in the Stone

    Appropriate that Disney's decline should start the same way it will probably end: not with a bang but a dire elevation of the Tech Nerd and his impending cultural hegemony. Arthur in this is basically Mark Zuckerberg and his crowning heralds Star Wars, capeshit and the subsequent death of culture sorry for catastrophizing but I'm right.

  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    Maybe just due to its (admittedly tenuous) proximity to Gantz but I always love the "civilians get laser tag training and then have to fight aliens" concept that this movie indulges for like half and hour, albeit poorly. After that it just devolves into every other cliche without much in the way of inspiration.

    Movies have been cringe for a while now but it's becoming plainly obvious how fast the coof has accelerated their decline.

  • 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…