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  • Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll

    ★★★½

    After being introduced to Japanese animation largely through Cartoon Network's Toonami block of programming in the late 90's - Dragonball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Robotech - Ninja Scroll was one of the first titles I tricked my parents into letting me rent because "it's a cartoon!" (I was 10 or so.) Whereas Akira and Ghost in the Shell - which I also watched around that time - have improved for me as I've gotten older and more able to…

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    ★★★★

    Just an insanely dynamic action caper. Though he didn’t originate the material, Miyazaki makes his presence felt in the sweeping landscapes and the quietly observant way he depicts a corrupt human kingdom gone to rot co-existing uneasily with natural spepndor.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★

    Remember that delightful "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" sequence in Raimi's Spider-Man 2? We're never getting another one of those in any of these movies, are we?

  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ★½

    "Hi, I'm Tom Hanks. This movie has lost its credibility, so it's borrowing some of mine."