The Wind in the Willows (1983)

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The Wind in the Willows Movie Review

The Wind in the Willows is a 1983 stop-motion animated film which is one of the many versions of this famous story. It is a solid movie.

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I’ve been told you are a criminal of deepest guilt,

and matchless artfulness and resource…

whatever that means.

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I really like this story and I loved Disney’s version of it featured in ‘The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad’. This 1983 version was admittedly solid and very well made and respectable, but it felt inferior to the aforementioned example because the story was just never as interesting or as exciting. Some plot points were excellent, but some were lacking such as that inferior, prolonged and dull beginning.

But the character development is actually quite strong. All of the characters are very well developed and quite likable. Mole and Rat were quite endearing and they served great as a team, charmingly British too. Toad was expectedly goofy, amusing and sometimes very funny. The character interactions between the three of them were top-notch.

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The voice acting is also quite good as all of the voices were fittingly British and elegant in style and again quite charming. I loved Toad’s amusing voice too. However, the voices were poorly incorporated with the animation itself as it never accompanies the movements of the characters well. This is something that early stop-motion films struggled with constantly and I don’t blame them as much because the technology just wasn’t there yet, but this is one of worse examples of it as it just felt too jerky, too choppy and plain unfinished. It is the only area of the film which felt like a TV movie. This is actually a TV movie, but it never felt like it as the story and animation are great, but the movements did feel TV for sure.

The animation in The Wind in the Willows is excellent. Very effervescent and very endearing. The character designs are exquisite, detailed and all of them look great and are well clothed as well. Their movements are again subpar, but the imagery is pretty good and some of it was very pleasant and memorable.

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The Wind in the Willows is also really well edited and the film flows well for its short running time, but it isn’t as engaging as it should have been and it should have had more action in it. That goes without question as the film was too mild in my opinion. The humor is pretty good and the characterization is great, but it should have been brisker and more entertaining. The score is fine, but the songs are so-so. Some are solid, but some are dull and they were overwhelming in their presence. Overall, it is a solid, but inherently flawed movie.

The 1983 version of The Wind in the Willows is quite solid with excellent animation, very good character development with great interactions between the three major characters and the film is charmingly British, but the songs are lackluster, the movements are not well synched with the voice acting at all and the film should have been brisker and more entertaining in its approach.

My Rating – 3.5

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A Serious Man (2009)

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A Serious Man Movie Review

A Serious Man is a 2009 black comedy film directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Michael Stuhlbarg. It is an incredibly frustrating, weak film.

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The Uncertainty Principle.

It proves we can’t ever really know… what’s going on.

So it shouldn’t bother you.

Not being able to figure anything out.

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It follows a Jewish man whose life crumbles both personally and professionally leading him to questions about faith. The film definitely had a great deal of potential as the premise is actually stupendous. I loved its themes and it was interesting seeing the man reevaluate and question his religion. That theme and conflict is always fascinating to me.

However, the execution is quite poor and thus successfully diminishing the movie’s impact. I have never liked the Coen Brothers and their style is very annoying to me. They are definitely not my cup of tea. And I am saying that because they are the ones who are responsible for this movie’s problems as they usually are. The direction is weak and annoying with a lack of any focus and with no point to it whatsoever. It just sort of starts and ends with no message and yet it is also not thought-provoking. They wasted such a great premise on a terrible execution.

The characters are solid. They are memorable and they are realistic. But these actors are obviously of lower caliber and Michael Stuhlbarg was never great and all of the others gave quite weak, passable performances in a movie that needed better acting.

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The film is well made, it is definitely slow, but it isn’t really boring as it benefits from solid dialogue and a couple of really effective, emotional sequences. I liked the conversational scenes the most and I wish the entire movie was more theatrical in its approach instead of slower and with some scenes that do not feature any dialogue and those were my least favorite. I found the film’s prologue to be exceptional and riveting. It instantly hooked me in the story, but they never really connected it well with the other parts of the film and the ending was just so stupid. The film was basically an excuse to torture the protagonist with no point or message whatsoever. It did not deserve its Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominations at all and it is another overly acclaimed work from two of the most overrated directors.

A Serious Man is another very overrated work from two very overrated directors. It has its intriguing moments, the prologue is very interesting and the premise is actually quite fascinating, but the Coen brothers wasted such a great premise on such a poor execution with far from great performances and an unfortunate lack of focus plus there is no point to it whatsoever.

My Rating – 3

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The Avengers (2012)

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The Avengers Movie Review

The Avengers is a 2012 Marvel superhero film directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson and Tom Hiddleston. It is a solid and entertaining, yet frankly overrated movie.

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Big man in a suit of armor.

Take that off, what are you?

Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist

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The team must stop Loki from subjugating Earth. The plot is so clichéd that it prevented me from enjoying this movie more. It is the main reason why I find the film to be immensely overrated along with the overabundance of action. Not only is it typical, but entirely predictable from beginning to end too. At first they don’t get along, but when Agent Coulson die, that gives them the motivation to work as a team. Then they fight Loki and beat him together. Such a predictable and standard plot.

But what I liked here and respected actually is the dialogue which is so memorable and brisk. There is a lot of unforgettable one-liners here with the one from Tony Stark being a millionaire being the highlight. I loved how they quarreled and how each one of them felt like a member of the team, but also a singular person. Yes, the film benefits from having a number of singular entries preceding it, but the character development is very good here as well.

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The testament to that is the Hulk. He is basically the new character as the MCU decided to forget about Edward Norton’s version in ‘The Incredible Hulk’. But this new one is very good, very well developed and again a proof that he works well in small doses. He was quite comedic too. I liked Captain America, but he wasn’t as memorable here. Thor did have a couple of great moments and Tony Stark is excellent, but never as great as he is in his own movies.

Black Widow definitely has a couple of terrific action sequences and this movie finds her at one of her best, but she is still not my cup of tea and us too cocky and posing. Hawkeye is pretty likable and the two are memorable together. Coulson’s death was okay, but overly sentimental. Loki has a couple of absolutely terrific, funny scenes and was dangerous at first, but he disappointed me later on. Nick Fury is as solid as ever.

The acting is top-notch. Everyone did a really good job with the highlights being Robert Downey Jr. and of course Mark Ruffalo. Both are phenomenal and I liked the scenes that they shared together. Tom Hiddleston is expectedly great in Loki’s role and Jeremy Renner is solid, but the two Chrises definitely were inferior to the rest of the crew.

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The Avengers is solidly directed and the film mostly flows well before that third act. The special effects are pretty good and some of the imagery and set pieces were terrific. But, as I said above, I really disliked the action here. The action itself is great, don’t get me wrong. Some scenes were exciting and phenomenally well executed and entertaining. But the film is filled with too much action and basically the final fight lasted for half an hour or so which was just too much. It ruined what could have been a much better movie and it became overloud and bombastic and a typical brainless blockbuster.

But the humor drives The Avengers along with the chemistry between the actors. I loved how each and every one of them interacted with the rest of the team and the scenes where they just talked were some of the highlights. Tony Stark has his moments, but is never as funny as he was before. The Hulk has a couple of hilarious moments such as the moment where he punched Thor. I also really liked the jokes about Cap’s being old and out of time as well as Thor’s stupidity. All really well done and surely both the humor and the dialogue propel this movie to much greater heights.

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Because the action is overwhelming and the script is weak, the film is never great, but its jokes, its characters and its dialogue really made it worth a watch and entertaining. But I still find it to be very overrated and actually one of the weaker Marvel entries. Yes, many call it the greatest MCU film, but to me only a couple of them are weaker than this one and I still prefer Age of Ultron.

The Avengers is a solid, but immensely overrated movie that is one of Marvel’s weakest. The humor is fantastic, the dialogue is great, the performances are all top-notch and the characterization is remarkable with everyone interacting well with one another and getting their proper due, but the script is so clichéd and predictable and the action is overwhelming to the point of being exhausting and seriously impacting the movie which could have been very good, but is ultimately just solid and never as great as everyone says it is.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Haunting (1963)

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The Haunting Movie Review

The Haunting is a 1963 British horror film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Harris. It is a respectable, yet mildly disappointing horror picture.

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A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural

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It follows a small group of people investigating a purportedly haunted house. The movie is more psychological instead of paranormal and nothing supernatural ever really happens here. That is okay and I respect that as it led to better character development and more realistic, emotional driven drama.

However, I still found the film problematic because those psychological elements weren’t the best realized. I am of course talking about the narration. The protagonist’s thoughts are expressed to us almost all the time through a series of inner monologues. And although that classical, book-like and elegant approach felt interesting at first, it quickly wore off its welcome as it became repetitive and the film relied too heavily on it. I would have cut off at least half of those monologues.

Another problem is the acting. Surely the characters are very well developed and actually admirable for a horror flick. And the actresses did a really good job with Julie Harris in particular giving a terrific performance. But the actors are so bad and mediocre that they easily overshadow them and because the women are so good here, you could easily see how weak the men are with Russ Tamblyn in particular giving a horrible performance. Instead of being scared, he wore that stupid smiling face of his throughout the whole movie and successfully killing the suspense when he was on screen.

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But The Haunting is so technically innovative and just fantastic that it lifted those major mistakes and helped make the movie much more enjoyable than it could have been without them. The cinematography is just stupendous and some of the shots were absolutely spectacular. I just loved the imagery in this movie, the crisp black and white photography and the haunted house itself which was beautifully envisioned and superbly well utilized.

I loved that staircase which was very memorable and intriguing. I loved the outdoors shots at the house and its various rooms and corridors were so well established and used to create suspense. The film is quite suspenseful at times and I liked the paranoia and the going mad aspect of it, so dramatic and creepy. It is the kind of realistic horror film that is more sophisticated than truly scary.

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I also respected the dialogue in The Haunting. Some of the conversations regarding the house itself as well as the supernatural were quite interesting to listen to and I loved the conflict that was present between the two women, but all of them interacted really well with one another. I liked the ending and both the score and the sound effects were superb. The direction is also excellent and the editing is deft leading to such an all around polished feature. I just wished that it was more scary and that it had less monologues in it.

The Haunting has a frustrating overabundance of inner monologues in it and the performances from the male actors are quite weak, but the women did a really good job, the film is quite suspenseful at times and it is above all such a genuinely terrific visual experience with beautiful cinematography, phenomenal imagery of the house and a couple of striking atmospheric sequences.

My Rating – 4

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Trolls (2016)

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Trolls Movie Review

Trolls is a 2016 animated musical comedy film which is the 33rd movie from DreamWorks Animation. It features the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake and it is a surprisingly solid flick.

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Hey, I know it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows,

but I’d rather go through life thinking

that it mostly is instead of being like you.

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It follows two trolls who set out to save their village and kidnapped trolls from the Bergens, creatures who eat trolls. The plot here is pretty simple and also quite familiar. The biggest problem is its predictability as it is thoroughly predictable from start to finish with every plot point being expected. That was incredibly annoying. But what I liked about it is its emotional resonance as the movie is quite moving at times. Some of the emotion felt forced at first, but the third act is so moving and its message about positivity felt super simplistic, yet great for the kids.

The characters I found to be okay. They are far from great, but far from bad too. Princess Poppy was a bit annoying to me, but Branch is very likable and although a typical creation, they did the best they could with such a personality and I loved his backstory. Bridget is so endearing and she is my favorite character in the movie. I loved her interactions with the trolls as well as Prince Gristle who is also a memorable character. But Chef is such a typical, clichéd over-the-top villain and the weakest one for sure.

I found the voice acting to be solid, yet annoying as DreamWorks once again incorporated too many celebrities in the cast. Anna Kendrick wasn’t the greatest, but Justin Timberlake was actually quite solid and not that recognizable. Christine Baranski’s work was typical, but Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Zooey Deschanel were actually quite good in their charming roles.

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Now, the animation. Well, Trolls is definitely an interesting looking movie, that’s for sure. On the negative side, its bright colors were sometimes a nuisance and it definitely felt too garish and colorful in some parts. However, it felt quite charming in some scenes and I really liked the character designs. They aren’t the most original, yet they are pleasantly cartoony and endearing. But the highlight is definitely the sequence in which the trolls turn gray and then one by one, after regaining hope, they regain their true colors. I found that part to be pretty impressive in terms of the visuals and although a bit too on the nose, both the song and the animation accompanied that great scene really well leading to the best part of the entire film.

Trolls features the mix of new songs and remixes of old songs in its soundtrack with mixed results. Some numbers felt super out of place such as The Sound of Silence, but True Colors was, as I said above, well utilized and Hello was pretty solid too. Of the new songs, most felt like typical cheesy pop songs such as Hair Up, but of course the highlight is Can’t Stop the Feeling! I really like this song as it is such a catchy and fun number that was perfect for this movie and it rightfully received the Academy Award for Best Original Song nomination.

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I found the humor okay at times, but mostly mediocre. The tone should have been a bit darker in the more dangerous scenes in my opinion and the movie was too bright and happy, but admittedly some of those scenes felt charming. The dialogue is quite weak, childish and just immensely typical which is why those emotional sequences weren’t as great as they should have been.

I found the movie overly hyperactive in its first half plus the beginning was really off-putting and not the greatest way to start your movie, but thankfully it became much better and slowed down significantly later on leading to a pretty solid second half. The editing is problematic, but it is as good as these types of children’s flicks can be.

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Yes, I really liked that Trolls was a children’s film and a traditional cartoon and I don’t know why that is such a bad thing in today’s world. From time to time, I like to watch these loud, funny and entertaining kids’ flicks and this one fulfilled that role remarkably well for me. It is in the end a perfectly solid flick and actually one that received the twentieth place on my list of all the 33 DreamWorks Animated films which ain’t that bad and it certainly left me satisfied and actually surprised how solid it turned out to be.

Yes, it is overly hyperactive, most of the jokes are juvenile, the plot is familiar and the mix of remixed old and some new songs in its soundtrack led to mixed results, but Oscar-nominated Can’t Stop the Feeling! is such a fun, immensely catchy tune, the characters are solid, the voice acting is mostly good and the film’s emotional resonance was admirable and it led to some pretty great scenes. The animation is too colorful, but sometimes quite inspired. It is such a surprisingly solid DreamWorks animated film which was pleasantly cartoony and a lot of fun.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Big Parade (1925)

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The Big Parade Movie Review

The Big Parade is a 1925 World War I film directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert. It is a very good, respectable silent film.

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I don’t understand a word you say…

but I know what you mean.

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The film is about an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I. He becomes a friend of two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare and falls in love with a French girl despite the two not speaking the same language. The plot is quite strong and I of course always respect a war film that is strongly anti-war in its sensibilities and message.

I loved its romantic as well as comedic elements, but I have to say that the film felt weakly structured and too much different in styles and tones. It starts off comedic then goes romantic than dramatic and then action-oriented with war elements. The action sequences are stellar, but not as involving as these other elements are.

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The highlight is the romance. The character development could have been stronger, but the acting is quite strong with John Gilbert being superb and Renee Adoree being quite endearing. The two are so charming together, so wonderful that they perfectly lift those scenes to even greater heights as they were already beautifully conceived. The scene in which they sit together and laugh warmed my heart and I loved it so much.

The Big Parade is of course well directed by King Vidor and he is naturally such a great director, but I found the film to be a bit too long and not as engaging as it needed to have been. It wasn’t boring, but just not as involving as I hoped. The editing is fine, but I would have cut off some scenes as they weren’t necessary to the overall picture.

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I just loved the visuals in the film. It was beautifully shot with terrific camera movements and absolutely gorgeous scenery at times. I loved the imagery of war and of course parades and various large groups of soldiers. Those were terrific. But once again, those more intimate, rustic sequences were the standout ones, so charming, wonderful and heartwarming and so well shot and constructed. The use of intertitles is also very strong and they use just the right amount of dialogue. The score in the version I’ve seen was great, but again the visuals were the highlights, so polished and crisp. It made the experience much more enjoyable. The film is overall flawed, yet very good with a timeless quality to it as it aged remarkably well. It needs to be seen by everyone being one of the better films about the much less popular of the two World Wars.

The Big Parade is overlong, not entirely involving and sometimes not as well constructed, but it is a very good anti-war film with excellent action sequences, beautiful cinematography with some wonderful imagery and excellent direction and acting. But the highlights were those romantic scenes which were heartwarming, funny and immensely charming.

My Rating – 4

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Ordet (1955)

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Ordet Movie Review

Ordet is a 1955 Danish drama film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. It is a disappointing film from a usually great director.

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I believe a lot of little miracles happen secretly.

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I really liked the plot in Ordet. It is a fascinating examination of religion and the power of spiritual belief. The ending, although definitely out there, was intriguing and ultimately quite powerful. Some of the other scenes such as the famous poster sequence in the fields were also memorable in imagery and quite fascinating.

But it is ultimately just solid and never great mainly because of the pacing. The film is dreadfully slow which troubled me and thus I was rarely engaged in the storyline thoroughly. It takes its time to get there owing to a slow start and the final third, no matter how powerful, still came too late in the game.

The acting is great, but the character development should have been better. They are solidly developed, but not great which they should have been as this is obviously a chamber piece which needs the characters more than anything else.

Although I really disliked its sometimes overly static approach with too much dialogue and not powerful but somewhat not essential and lacking dialogue, I liked a couple of quotes and lines nonetheless and I really liked the visuals here. Whenever the film went out of the house, it was great to watch and quite fascinating. It of course benefits from an interesting take in terms of the cinematography.

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Ordet definitely looked interesting and was superbly shot. It was also really well directed and it was all around great in terms of the technical aspects. However, the script, though definitely sophisticated, was never as well utilized in the execution which felt disappointing and led to a film being more of a visual and interesting than a truly thought-provoking and spiritual experience. That all led to Ordet being a solid, but in the end very disappointing and dull movie. Carl Theodor Dreyer disappointed me here and ‘The Passion of Joan Arc’ and ‘Day of Wrath’ were infinitely better.

Ordet is a solid, but disappointing film. The direction from Carl Theodor Dreyer is expectedly strong, the cinematography is inspired with some of the shots being quite intriguing and the film is clever and very interesting, but because it was so slow paced and lacked focus, it never utilized its premise particularly well and ended up being more of an intriguing than a truly spiritual experience.

My Rating – 3.5

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Havoc in Heaven (1964)

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Havoc in Heaven Movie Review

Havoc in Heaven is a 1964 Chinese animated adventure film directed by Wan Laiming. It is a flawed, yet such an admirable, artistic endeavor.

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I humbly beg your Majesty to bring this monkey fiend to justice

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It follows Monkey King who rebels against the Jade Emperor of heaven. Now in terms of storytelling, this isn’t the greatest film. Of course I was fascinated by its story and mythology as China has a rich history. I loved those intriguing fights and scenery. But it just didn’t captivate me as much as the visuals did and sometimes it wasn’t that easy to follow and isn’t all that well crafted.

The characterization is solid, but also not particularly remarkable. The characters are good, but not as memorable. Only the Monkey King is a memorable, interesting creation. He is a major figure in Chinese literature and mythology and this incarnation was pretty solid. The voice acting I also found to be pretty good.

The film succeeds as an action-adventure flick because it is so adventurous in its tone and charming while also featuring terrific action sequences. I absolutely loved the fights here as they were tremendously well choreographed, epic and exciting. Those scenes were some of the highlights of the film.

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But where Havoc in Heaven shines is in the animation. Wow, is this a beautiful movie! The animation here has to be the best that sixties had to offer, at least it is in my opinion. What Chinese animators did here was nothing short of miraculous. They took this great material and did the best they could with it, bringing polished and professional animation to the picture.

The colors are so bright and pleasing here, wonderful to witness. The movements were wonderfully well executed and of course the scenery is just fantastic. Some of the imagery here was actually mesmerizing to behold with the highlights being heaven scenes as well as the fight choreography. Also some of the underwater stuff was great too. This wasn’t the easiest film to animate, but they managed to do a great job which is commendable. Not only that, but I would also call this animation a work of art as it truly felt like a moving picture and a beauty to behold. The animation fascinated and captivated me and I wish that the rest of the movie was as great.

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Havoc in Heaven is pretty well edited and paced, but I watched the shorter version of one and a half hours so I wouldn’t know if the longer, two hour version is better or not. This one was polished, superbly well directed and well paced. The score I also found to be respectable and the sound effects in particular were awesome and realistic. They perfectly accompanied the fight sequences, creating wonderful scenes in the process. But despite its great technicalities, I again found the plot and particularly the dialogue to be lacking as it isn’t as sophisticated as its visuals are. Also, the movie was never particularly entertaining and sometimes it was a bit dull to me. I wish that the characters and the plot were stronger as it would have made this film a classic, but it is still a respectable, sometimes wondrous piece of filmmaking that somewhat deserves its praise as the finest Chinese animation of all time and it deserves the second viewing as I intend to do one day.

Havoc in Heaven is definitely lacking in terms of storytelling and characterization plus it isn’t particularly engaging, but it is a wondrous achievement technically as the sound effects and score are superb and of course the visuals are dazzling. It has such a beautiful, absolutely jaw-dropping stylistic animation that I would absolutely call a work of art. The visuals propel this movie to greater heights making it a respectable, albeit flawed effort.

My Rating – 4

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Ed Wood (1994)

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Ed Wood Movie Review

Ed Wood is a 1994 comedy drama biopic directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau among others. It is an amazing, wonderful movie.

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Visions are worth fighting for.

Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?

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It follows Ed Wood, an acclaimed director of trashy movies from the fifties. It follows his career while he made some of his best known works as well as his romantic relationships and his friendship with Bela Lugosi. The film is the kind of biographical picture that succeeds in almost every way and it is a rare biopic that is timeless and almost artistic in a way. It is one of the finest genre films I’ve seen for sure.

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I loved its richness. The film deals with a lot of themes and it is such a nuanced, incredibly well scripted work. Of course you get his career endeavors and his artistic struggles. That was all very well done. But even better are his relationships with women as his first relationship was doomed from the beginning and it was dramatic to follow its conclusion whereas the second one was a successful one, romantic and moving. But of course the friendship that formed between Ed and Lugosi is the highlight and that was just wonderful to witness. There truly is a lot for everyone here to enjoy.

The director is brought to life beautifully and Johnny Depp has rarely been this good in a Burton flick. It is one of his best performances I’ve seen. Very charismatic and sympathetic. Lugosi is also great and those scenes where they addressed his doomed career were just so tragic and yet absolutely hilarious at the same time. Martin Landau thoroughly deserved his Oscar as he played this role remarkably well. But Sarah Jessica Parker is pretty good herself and Patricia Arquette is very likable. All of the characters here were stupendously well written and all of the actors and actresses delivered top-notch performances. The casting in this movie also couldn’t have been better.

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Ed Wood is an incredibly funny movie and I laughed out loud more than a couple of times because some of the lines were just absolutely hysterical to hear. Of course the humor is strong when the script is so stellar and the dialogue is just terrific. Such a well written, polished work all around. It succeeds as a funny comedy and as a serious, heartfelt drama and that is such a commendable feat.

It isn’t a perfect movie honestly. Some of the parts weren’t the greatest. I found Depp’s performance to be great in the first half and in the second one it was typical. I found the entire third act to be incredibly underwhelming. It is good, but never as great as the film was before it. It was a shame as the only film I’ve seen of his is ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’ and yet that is the only movie here that wasn’t particularly well utilized when all of the others were so well depicted.

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Ed Wood is also gorgeous in terms of the technical aspects. This is the kind of film that just had to be shot in black and white and its crisp, polished look brought a lot of sophistication and professionalism to the picture. Many scenes and shots here are memorable and highly exquisite. The same goes for the costumes and the score. The attention to detail is evident and the direction from Burton is incredibly strong and possibly his best directed work yet. He showcased an obvious care for this subject and person and that coupled with a great talent and style led to the movie being so amazing and one of the best that he’s ever made without any doubt.

With beautiful and fitting black and white photography, possibly the best direction from Tim Burton yet and great performances from Johnny Depp and Martin Landau, Ed Wood benefited from obviously being made with a lot care and it has such phenomenal dialogue and that along with such a stellar script led to a great humor with a lot of the lines being absolutely hilarious. But it also succeeds as a drama as some scenes are poignant and dramatic. It is a wonderful, truly great film that is one of the director’s best and also one of the finest biopics that I have ever seen.

My Rating – 4.5

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Queen of Katwe (2016)

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Queen of Katwe Movie Review

Queen of Katwe is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Mira Nair and starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o. It is such a clichéd flick.

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In chess the small one can become the big one.

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It is about a Ugandan girl living in a slum in Katwe who learns to play chess and attends the Olympiads. This is such a basic, overly typical biopic done in way too familiar and overly sentimental fashion to be enjoyed more despite it being quite well made technically. Disney here did it by formula and never brought anything new to the table. Both as a biographical drama and as a sports/chess flick, it is dull.

It is definitely well acted, but David Oyelowo in my opinion was much more memorable and better than Lupita Nyong’o from whom I expected a bigger role. But he is quite good and most of the others did a really good job as well. But it’s a shame that the characters are so slight, so boring and so typical that these actors were all wasted on a slim material.

Queen of Katwe is really well made. It is solidly directed by Mira Nair and, as I said, the acting is pretty good, but the highlights were the cinematography and score. The score is quite African in tone and fun, accompanying its scenery really well. But some of the shots at the city were great and some of the Ugandan scenery was wonderful to watch. I loved that it was shot in real Uganda and Katwe. I always respect when they shoot in real locations, that is so commendable.

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Queen of Katwe Movie Review………………………………………………………….

But unfortunately, although technically pretty well crafted, the film is just incredibly boring to watch and actually quite long for this very simplistic storyline. Some of the sequences were just way too saccharine in nature and this is the type of Disney film where its sugary attributes were annoying instead of charming. It is an overly sentimental piece of fluff, overly meant to be inspirational and never really inspirational. A forgettable and formulaic picture for sure and one of the year’s most overrated and clichéd films.

Queen of Katwe is technically very good with good performances, it was commendable that it was shot in Uganda, the scenery is great and the score is pretty good, but the movie is so clichéd in its overly simplistic narrative and so saccharine in its emotion that it was quite boring and annoying to watch.

My Rating – 3

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