Soul (2020)

A powerful, existentially-complex, dazzlingly-ambitious panegyric to musicianship and 9-5 vs. dreamers exposition w. the loftiest philosophical thematization ever in animation: Pixar in ~complete mastery of its craft like jazz experimentalism. 9/10.

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King Kong (1933)

The first-ever blockbuster movie groundbreaking a new cinematic age with avant-garde VFX/stopmotion techniques, epic NYC-action, colonialsm, beauty-and-beast romance, & Greek-tragic mortalization redefining what’s possible at movies. 10/10.

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SM: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

Brilliant in groundbreaking comic book visual style innovating the genre, masterful scripting balancing decades of Spider-lore, perfect tonal mixing, & magnetic Miles performance fueled by swanky jazz beats. Marvel’s Best Movie Of All-Time. 9.4/10.

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Ready Player One (2018)

A culturally-relevant optic treat from a mind only as imaginative as Spielberg’s, RPO is an expansive, nostalgic, 80’s-glam cyberpunk fantasy adventure through the VR world on the horizon – a pop-culture crowd-pleaser that still boasts a heart. 8.7/10.

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Shrek 2 (2004)

A bonkers, 10x+ wildly-subversive potion mix of fantasy adventure x meta-comedy x mafia pictures in a children’s movie jacket, S2 crazily-twists fairy-tale clichés for a better sequel amplifying the original’s self-acceptance/inner-beauty themes. 9/10.

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Shrek (2001)

Though its animation & design aesthetics are bizarre/mixed, Shrek is a classic MA fairy-tale on acid – one of A+ meta-comedy burlesquing Disney, charismatic voice-acting, epochal 2000’s songs, deep self-acceptance & inner-beauty themes. 8.7/10.

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