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. 9.1/10.

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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. 9.5/10.

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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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Aladdin (1992)

A groundbreaking representational step for Middle-East & brown representation in movies, Aladdin is a treasure in the desert of Disney’s renaissance age – with classism discourse, beautiful animation, and charisma-bursting characters. 8.7/10.

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