"we go to the cinema to suspend our disbelief and imagine a fantastical world. it's the same drive that the protagonist feels. we want to believe that she is experiencing the supernatural, we want the tension to explode into something we can point to as the Monster, the Villain, the Dark Force. but it refuses to give us that, because reality doesn't give us that."
in cortex's words, "a catalogue of metafictional entertainment"
"Pleasant people doing pleasant things and there's not much drama and you just kind of feel lovely about the world." incl some of my favorites like totoro, paterson, tampopo, whisper of the heart