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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    “Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away when you wake up”

    What is the point of empathy? Wouldn’t it easier to turn off our minds, ignore all the people around us, and just go about our lives not thinking about anything besides ourselves? After all, to empathize with someone else is to open yourself up to vulnerability, and being vulnerable is scary. And so feeling empathy is scary, because being vulnerable is allowing someone else to step into our minds, because…

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    “Why must fireflies die so young?”

    Isao Takahata was always adamant that Grave of the Fireflies was not an anti-war film, and after several viewings, I've come to roughly the same conclusion. Strictly speaking, this is not a film about war, but rather the stubbornness of the Japanese government, and the people's resolve for survival, both of which were especially evident in the youth at the time. In spite of the growing arrogance and brashness inside him, Seita is hellbent…

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  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    Jump scares are often so lame that they become either funny or tedious. Sam Raimi makes them sick as fuck and morbidly hilarious. Drag Me to Hell is a pretty generic horror film when it comes to its basic story and progression, and I generally don’t gravitate towards this sort of horror. I’ve always been pretty selective about horror and most films of this nature would probably have me switching it off halfway, but credit to Raimi for not taking…

  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Simultaneously the “if you thought that was batshit, just you wait!!” movie, the “proof that style and substance are not disparate entities” movie, and the “originality is overrated, shameless ripping off of multiple genres’ cliches, tropes, and conventions go brrrrr” movie. Seriously though, this is pure cinema. It is everything.

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  • The Quick and the Dead

    The Quick and the Dead

    It’s hard to beat the nostalgia I have for Spider-Man, but I think this has done it. It’s so good that I almost wish I grew up watching it and not Spider-Man. It was great until that headshot, then I knew it was a masterpiece.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    I could call this movie unfocused and I could say that its tone is the most inconsistent thing I’ve ever seen, but I’d be lying to myself. It’s never too unfocused for me, it’s free-flowing, liberating, carefree, deeply human, and packed with so much passion and goodwill I cannot help but fall in love with it. I love and respect the Raimi trilogy for what it is, and I like the first TASM more than most, but this is it.…