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Princess Mononoke Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

It's a delicious bit of irony that even though animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has clung to his old-fashioned, hand-drawn- two-dimensional animated roots even as the computer-generated style became the norm, his work breathes and lives in a wholly organic sense. Every image pops out of the screen and creates a tangible reality, an intimate connection between the artist and the audience. The artifice of the two-dimensional drawing, regardless of the narrative's fantastical content, become as organic as our capacity for boundless imagination can ever be.

Some of this visceral connection stems from Miyazaki's recurring themes around people's connection with, and especially the vain disrespect to, the nature that surrounds them. As artificial as his work might technically be, he always finds delicate ways of making us grasp our vital synergy with nature, and how taking it f...Read the entire review »


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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

While every studio is tripping over themselves to kick start the next blockbuster universe, trilogy, what have you, before the first film is even cast, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise has been building a wholly awe-inspiring and engaging family fantasy/adventure trilogy over the last ten years. The first movie was a pleasant surprise in the way that it not only avoided Dreamworks' then-prevalent animated family fare formula of tongue-in-cheek humor and pop-culture references, but created a fully realized and original fantasy world for any fan of the genre, child or adult, to chew on. At its core, the whimsical and exciting story of a Viking young un named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriending a rare dragon called Toothless and learning to get along with dragons in a culture that feared and hunted them was a tender allegory on young adults paving their own way in li...Read the entire review »


Isn't It Romantic (Blu-ray)
<small>by Oktay Ege Kozak</small><hr />

The Movie:

During our meta self-referential pop-culture days, it was only a matter of time that a rom-com trying the Edgar Wright formula of lovingly mocking genre tropes while openly applying them would come up. Since it's such a formulaic genre, of course there have been films in the past that skewered its cliches in brilliant ways. David Wain's underrated They Came Together comes to mind. But while that movie was a full-on absurdist parody, Isn't It Romantic tries a more layered approach that digs into why people might get out of the genre, and what that says about their self-esteem. It's a fairly complex issue to highlight in such a fluffy product, and the attempt falters especially during the dodgy second act, but the protagonist's clear character arc ties the narrative and the themes together in the end.

That protagonist would be Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who's co...Read the entire review »


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Double Face (Blu-ray)
<small>by Adam Tyner</small><hr />

The honeymoon is over. Helen (Margaret Lee) doesn't find it worth the bother to mask her sapphic passions for Liz (Annabella Incontrera), much as her husband John (Klaus Kinski) can't seem to keep his hands off his secretary. Though neither of them have the least bit interest in fidelity, Helen doesn't bear John any ill will. Helen has, as point of fact, just told John that she's named him the sole heir to her family company and untold millions of dollars. Perhaps it's no coincidence that, shortly after this revelation, Helen's car is found engulfed in flames &ndash; its driver burnt beyond recognition.

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