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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★★½

    "You are not evil to me. You were necessary."

  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★½

    Later learned that this flattens the manga's weirdness in favor of more YA material, but this is otherwise as good a big-budget live-action Hollywood take on anime style you'll get that isn't either Scott Pilgrim or Speed Racer. Clean, coherent action direction punctuated by loving CG replication of anime movement, in all its expressive motion and weight.

    And fuck the haters, the big eyes fit this movie and are adorable.

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★½

    "Why can't she see that I'm just a Nice Guy?": The Movie

  • FLCL

    FLCL

    ★★★★★

    The visual equivalent of punk rock. A rebellious "fuck you" to classical and modern convention, FLCL demolishes the laws of narrative and logic to create an anti-coming of age story, meant to fully encapsulate the fears and existentialism of youth, as well as the stupidity of growing up. All of the adults are more incompetent than the children, large phallic robots literally grow out of a young boy's psyche, bass guitars are weapons of mass destruction, and the shooting stars…