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  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Lord of the Rings Collection
  • Nostalgia for the Light

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  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

    ★★★

  • Last Door South

    ★★★½

  • Water Path for a Fish

    ★★★

  • Sister

    ★★★½

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  • Last Door South

    Last Door South

    ★★★½

    Film #51 of The Weekly Animation Challenge 2021
    Week 27: Country Spotlight: Belgium

    Dark and macabre, and also heartbreakingly sad. A dark fable of the danger of sheltering a child from the world, or what you believe to be painful truths.

    Did you enjoy Eraserhead? If so, you'll definitely enjoy this. There'd definitely be some overlap with fans of Tim Burton's work as well, though Last Door South is ultimately darker and sadder than most of Burton's oeuvre.

  • Sister

    Sister

    ★★★½

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

    Film #50 of The Weekly Animation Challenge 2021
    Week 15: An animated film from Asia (but not Japan)

    Wool-felted stop motion tells the story of a family, or how a young man wishes he remembered his family. The wool felt technique is new to me, and an interesting medium for the animation. The tale itself, simple as it is, is also a poignant plea for choice and personal autonomy.

    Remember, things can just as easily be forced one way as the other.

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    Totoro is a perfect film; charming, magical, nostalgic. Totoro is a movie of simple beauty, of the enchantment of childhood and the magic of nature. It's a film of patience and the unfolding of life around us. It's a film with a simple story and superb animation. It's a film about wonder, about growing up, about responsibility, about children who act like children, and the profound reality of being human. A perfect film. Sit back and enjoy.

  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    ★★★★

    Film #16 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
    Task 10/30: A film with a score by Danny Elfman

    Film #1 of Hoop-Tober 3.0

    This is a seasonal favorite of ours; we try to watch it every year. It's such a practically perfect Halloween film. The atmosphere is superbly gothic, creepy, otherworldly. This is done with every detail - the character design, the choice of color palette, and, of course, the music. Both the score and the songs really work to enhance…