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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    So nice to see Pixar handle these more mature existential topics, and experiment with new techniques in the process. You can tell there is at least a portion of the studio that is still interested in taking risks when it comes to subject matter and style. The unique character designs, the combined use of flat animation with their more traditional style, the lovely score by Nine Inch Nails(!). All of these different pieces come together, like seasoned musicians jamming out…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    - People will look down on you.
    - You mean you'll look down on me.

    Fuck. Me. All. The. Way. Up.

    I put this one off for so long because of the intimidating runtime. And less than two weeks after my initial viewing, there my dumb, gay ass was, watching this 4-hour masterpiece AGAIN. And I have absolutely no regrets.

    In fact, on a rewatch the character details are even more layered than I had previously noticed, especially when you…

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  • The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    The Bakery Girl of Monceau

    ★★★★

    Men. They're trash. Rohmer gets it.

    We love a self-aware king.

    (First of the
    Six Moral Tales.)

  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★½

    Really makes you question more deeply what it means to be the dominant species on this planet. The amount of power that we employ constantly to shape our environment, to eliminate the "pests" that we consider threatening, to do as we please with animals that are less powerful than us—it's honestly quite frightening. And what's our excuse? That we're smarter?

    Maybe vegans are onto something.