The Boxtrolls

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{5/5} “‘Ever wonder what they’re thinking about, Mr. Trout?’ ‘I imagine they’re reevaluating their life choices.’” The Boxtrolls, released in 2014 The boxtrolls come out at night to steal little things from the humans that they find interesting. And once they stole a toddler — Eggs has been raised by the boxtrolls and doesn’t even […]

Shorefall

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{4.5/5} “Humankind is most innovative at turning innovation to the cruelest ends. Power alters the soul far more than any innovation I could imagine, even at the height of my privileges… Eventually I came to realize, Sancia — you can’t make laws or policies or dictums to constrain this impulse… You must overwrite all the […]

The Willoughbys

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{4.5/5} “I love the smell of fresh yarn in the morning.” The Willoughbys, released in 2020 The Willoughbys have a proud family history but the current family to hold the name has a problem. The parents, although wildly in love with each other, don’t really care for their children. So Tim, Jane, and the twins […]

The Pursuit of William Abbey

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{4.5/5} “I have witnessed sunrise in the frozen steppes of Asia: symphonies of azures and silvers, punched through with snowy whiteness as if the sun was sending sharpened heralds to announce its progress. I have watched dawn on the China Sea, the water a mirror of slippery gold that burns the sky to puffy white. […]

Good Omens

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{5/5} “Don’t think of it as dying. Think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush.” Good Omens, aired in 2019 The Antichrist has been born and will bring about Armageddon in 11 years. Aziraphale is an angel and Crowley is a demon — they’ve both been on Earth for a long time and […]

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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{4.5/5} “It occurs to me to dwell on what a microcosm we are of the war as a whole, you and I. The physics of us. An action and an equal and opposite reaction. My viney-hivey elfworld, as you say, versus your techy-mechy dystopia.” This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar […]

Onward

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{4/5} “Long ago, the world was full of wonder. It was adventurous. It was exciting. And most of all, there was magic.” Onward, released in 2020 Ian is turning 16 and wanted to invite some friends over for a party but doesn’t quite do it. He also doesn’t quite get onto the freeway during his […]

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “Upset balance. Seek life eternal. Bah! Everything grows old. Everything passes on. Hm. All, it seems, but Aughra. Ah, Aughra born old.” The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance season 1, aired in 2019 Aughra entrusted the Crystal of Truth to the Skeksis in return for an orrery that she can use to travel the […]

Walt Disney Animation movies

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are the movies from Walt Disney Animation Studios that I’ve seen. I’m not listing ones I watched as a child. Wreck-It Ralph movies Wreck-It Ralph 2012 -> 4.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet 2018 -> 4/5 Frozen movies Frozen 2013 -> 4.5/5 Frozen II 2019 -> 4/5 Standalone movies Beauty and the Beast 1991 -> […]

Studio Ghibli movies

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Here are all the movies released by Japan’s Studio Ghibli that I’ve seen. Hayao Miyazaki, the most prolific director for the studio by far, also directed NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind (4.5/5) prior to the founding of the studio. My Neighbor Totoro 1988 -> 4/5 Kiki’s Delivery Service 1989 -> 4/5 Porco Rosso […]