Owen Shapiro

Owen Shapiro

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Hardcore cinephile, filthy weeb, wannabe filmmaker.

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  • Devilman Crybaby

    Devilman Crybaby

    ★★★★

    In 1972, mangaka Gou Nagai broke new grounds with Devilman. It was a darker, gorier, sexier take on the superhero genre—something which hadn't really been seen before. In a sense, you could say that it was Watchmen before Watchmen. It caused plenty of controversy, but it was applauded greatly for its freshness and is hailed as a beloved classic to this day. It even founded several major shounen tropes that can still be seen in all sorts of media. There…

  • Last and First Men

    Last and First Men

    ★★★★★

    Last and First Men is an amazing movie to view and an even better one to think about. Before you proceed with reading this, I highly recommend that you watch it, as it is best seen completely blind. Turn off the lights, shut the door, silence your phone, and enter the incredible plain of existence that is this film.
    I would hesitate to call Last and First Men something you would "watch". I would go one step further and say…

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  • WandaVision

    WandaVision

    ★★

    Only three episodes are out at the moment, but this really isn't very good so far. Just because it isn't what you would expect from its franchise doesn't automatically make it unique or fresh. The whole "trapped in a sitcom" schtick has been done a million times before and far better. It isn't even somewhat funny either, and I'm not sure why its trying to be when it uses cheesy old-timey TV humor for the sake of the setting. Also,…

  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    is a movie that resides itself in my mind every single day, yet it still eludes me. It's definitely one of my top ten favorite movies and probably even in my top five, but I wouldn't really be able to tell you if you asked me why. I'm not gonna pretend as if I completely understand it, I know there's far more to it than I can see. I'm not yet a film student and I have a lot…

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  • Bakemonogatari

    Bakemonogatari

    ★★★★★

    If you can’t handle extensive scenes of nothing but dialogue, you will not like Monogatari. If you despise over-the-top sexuality, you will not like Monogatari. If you're not a fan of dialogue-heavy cinema, you will not like Monogatari. If surrealism isn’t your cup of tea, you will not like Monogatari. If you’re unable to tolerate experimental and French-inspired filmmaking, you will not like Monogatari. If you’re unfamiliar with anime and its various tropes & common storytelling elements, you will not like Monogatari.

    If you don’t have any of these issues, welcome aboard. There is nothing like the Monogatari series and I highly doubt that there ever will be.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    How many times do we have to teach you this lesson, old man?

    The Nice Guys had all the elements it needed to be a good movie. Fun action, decent performances, an enjoyable narrative, all the works. However, it falls in the same hole that many modern Hollywood films fall in by being a comedy.
    Not to sound pretentious or anything—but needless to say, only stupid people like comedy. Their brain receptors are not advanced enough to comprehend any sort…