• Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★

    Saw this yesterday (and finished another season of BoJack today) but no reviews for now. I'll probably delete this log when I write those reviews I have to so don't bother liking this entry. But for the time being, I'm drained from school and life in general so no lengthy write-ups maybe until next week. This sucks! I'll still be on here from time to time, reading and liking your stuff. Just need to focus on school this upcoming week. Sorry dudes. Will be back in full force 👌

  • BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

    BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

    This review is for BoJack Horseman Season 1

    Great, I just finished the first season of the sitcom BoJack Horseman and it's amazing. Exactly my type of comedy but it did get dark fast. Not to say it's tonally inconsistent-- which it totally is not-- but I'm taken by how it played with light and dark to bring out what makes these characters complex, sympathetic, and special. The social commentary, the Hollywood satire, and the refreshing portrait of a fading…

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★★

    What a pleasant day, watching two Miyazaki classics. Most, if not all of his films can turn the worst of days around. Speaking of good days and bad days, here's Kiki's Delivery Service-- a relatable fairy tale of adolescence, a powerful example of feminism and female agency, a profound and fascinating look into artists and their creative process, or just another great Studio Ghibli movie to chill out to. Also, I cannot emphasize how great the music was in here,…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro: "911, what's your emergency?"
    Satsuki: "Please help me, Mei's missing!"
    Totoro: "Okay, hop on my Catbus"

    One of the very, very few films to make me tearful not because of sadness but of pure magic, joy, and beauty. Even up until this fourth viewing, My Neighbor Totoro remains a special film that has carved a place in my heart. Watched it again to see if it can keep Fellowship of the Ring out of my all-time top ten. And…

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★

    87/100
    Hopefully it's not that bold of a statement but Zootopia is the best film Disney's made after their Renaissance period. Blown away by this one. Fun and hilarious in its approach to accessibly pass on a relevant social message to young children, Zootopia doesn't stick much to that formula I've grown to hate and introduces us to a big and colorful world that mirrors our own.

    You know, Disney, I could hate you less if you made more movies…

  • It Feels So Good

    It Feels So Good

    ★★★½

    66/100
    Felt drained a little earlier today, thought some erotic energy might get me through a bit, and it kind of worked. It Feels So Good made some waves a few years ago in some Asian awards guilds but has largely been obscure to many audiences outside of the continent. After all, Haruhiko Arai's sensual drama isn't a film for everybody but I liked much of it. On sentimental sexuality and new beginnings, this film is actually soothing and meditative.…

  • Duel

    Duel

    ★★★★

    80/100
    Big, bad mother-truckers, am I right? Steven Spielberg's high-octane directorial debut is the definition of road rage. Duel is every driver's nightmare and every classic action-thriller fan's dream come true. Simple but astonishingly effective, Spielberg's eye for entertainment and cinematic spectacle was sharp from day one.

    Shoutout to my brother who came through premiering me this gem. I said I wanted something easily digestible but fun and Duel was it. Wheels grind and engines roar on the dusty desert…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

    78/100
    Jewish folks inducing anxiety in what would be one of the best films of the year that it came out; yeah, not my first time. Brutally claustrophobic and awkwardly funny, Shiva Baby is first-time director Emma Seligman' s polished vision of a hellish family gathering. What can go wrong goes wrong, and the film gets it so right.

    Comedy thrives on concept and Shiva Baby has an unlikely crazy one, involving an unlikeable and directionless protagonist, her parents, her…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    58/100
    This amusement park ride was pretty amusing indeed; my cup of shallow entertainment coffee. Towering ancient monsters fighting for some reason and somehow people are actually invested. My brain was partially-asleep so you could count me in. Godzilla vs. Kong is pure spectacle and it knows it is, delivering stylish and action-packed kaiju battles worth the wait for its fans. It gives the people what they want for most of it and you just love to see it.

    Gargantuan…

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★

    80/100
    Petition to rename the first day of April as Toshiro Mifune Day, anyone? Apparently, yesterday marked the chad screen legend's birthday and once again I was unprepared to watch something. My first Kurosawa in months, The Hidden Fortress may not be one of the director's best but went on to make him big bucks at the box office, and more importantly, become the main inspiration for some film franchise that took place in a galaxy far, far away.

    Kurosawa…

  • Jesus Is Dead

    Jesus Is Dead

    ★★★½

    78/100
    Is it a sin to watch a film titled like this on Good Friday? The upfront and aptly-named Patay na si Hesus struck me with its title but captivated me with its heart. Playful and quirky in all the right ways, this somewhat self-aware indie straps us into a family's road trip while cleverly satirizing the modern Filipino view on religion and tradition.

    All my life, I was raised as a Christian who learned to value faith and rituals.…

  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

    ★★★★

    Nothing to see here aside from legends doing their thing.
    Watching The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness feels like stepping into Santa's workshop. Chronicling the production of Studio Ghibli's double-header masterpieces The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the documentary takes us up-close and personal within the creative process in Ghibli, its history, its key figures, and a lot more I weren't expecting to be here but made the experience so much better. I'm eager to call…