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  • Bullet Ballet
  • RoboCop
  • Hard Boiled

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  • Metropolis

    ★★★½

  • Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

  • Serenity

    ★★

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★

    Alita suffers from having to adapt approximately four volumes of manga into a singular plot. In the transition character backstory and motivations get crushed down, with with the grey morality of the manga becoming binary and and nuanced expression traded in for rote emotional ploys. Every villain's unique motivations are simplified to incorporate a mastermind plot with a late series villain, basically only to set up a sequel stinger.

    The action scenes fare better, translating some of the unique movement…

  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

    Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

    ★★★½

    a much better movie than its prequel, thanks in part to having a totally original script. there's one two many subplots and characters, and it gets messy trying to wrap them all up near the end, but the emotional core of it is solid and works well.

    also pikachu and evee are really cute in this movie.

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  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★½

    Belladonna of Sadness made me feel like a witness, a voyeur and an accomplice. It's the story of Jeanne, a woman whose heart remains pure that even as she receives all the evil of the world.

    The first half of the movie is a long, extended session of suffering inflicted on her, until her final seduction and surrender to the devil, where she accepts his gifts. Even then she remains committed to helping those around her, and steadfast in her…

  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★★

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

    Originally published at: ashensiegarettes.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/lets-dance-the-bullet-ballet/

    “In dreams you can kill someone and not get caught. Tokyo is just one big dream.
    A dream.”

    And what a dream it is.

    An odyssey of indelible violence and emotion, Bullet Ballet is not only the name of John Woo’s signature firearm based action choreography, but the title of Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1998 tale of a man’s obsession. Like Woo’s own films, Bullet Ballet explores the conflict and struggles of its characters through a series of…