Buddy’s Bearcats (1934)

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 Buddy’s Bearcats is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a typically dull sports flick.

Buddy plays baseball here and needless to say I was bored a lot as I hate sports and I particularly do not care for this ridiculous sport. To me the short is well animated, but the score is forgettable and the action on screen is not at all memorable too. Cookie has blonde hair here for some reason and Buddy is totally forgettable and uninteresting.

It does have a couple of good, solid gags in the first third, but that was just not enough. The game was tedious and the stadium setting should have been utilized more. In terms of humor, characterization and of course plot, this Looney Tunes entry fails in my opinion and is one of the weakest so far.

Apart from a couple of decent gags, Buddy’s Bearcats doesn’t have a whole lot to offer. It is a boring, weak baseball entry.

My Rating – 3.1

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Shadow of a Doubt Movie Review

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Shadow of a Doubt Movie Review

Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 psychological thriller noir film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. It is such a flawed, yet respectable movie.

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He thought the world was a horrible place.

He couldn’t have been very happy, ever.

He didn’t trust people. Seemed to hate them.

He hated the whole world. You know,

he said people like us had no idea what the world was really like

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Shadow of a Doubt Movie Review

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It is about a teenage girl who learns that her uncle who has just come to visit their family is actually a murderer. This plot is quite standard and there is nothing truly original here. The same goes for some of its execution, mostly the first half. I just knew everything that would happen as the story is predictable and you know from the start that he is the criminal.
But still that aspect of the darkness lurking beneath the light is quite fascinating here. The movie is incredibly dark and that is why it is probably the only noir film from Hitchcock, a sort of noir as it has some of those elements for sure. This idyllic little town seems great at first, but then we witness how seedy some of its parts are and of course we realize that the man who seemed wonderful and kind at first is actually a cold, calculated killer.
I liked his character quite a bit and I honestly liked Charlie too. She was a bit too naive and good-natured, but that perfectly clashed with her uncle’s personality and all of the scenes between the two are terrific. I loved the final scene in the movie as it showcases how despite everything some people just cannot stop loving their relatives and I really liked the ultimately positive look on life that was present in that final line.

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As for the other characters, they are solid, but overly abundant. I liked her bookworm sister, quite funny at times. The mother is also memorable and of course Charlie’s love interest is quite likable and the two are wonderful together. As for those two men constantly talking about possible murder methods, I do not know what to think of these two. Their conversations fit the story of the film and they are quite a fun, goofy duo, but they seemed too comedic and I do not know if this movie needed two full comic reliefs.
Shadow of a Doubt is really well acted with Joseph Cotten delivering such a strong performance. I am glad that they haven’t chosen William Powell. I love him to death, but he isn’t suited for this role and Cotten is. As for Teresa Wright, she was always such an underrated actress whom I loved here. She gave a strong performance and was immensely charming and beautiful.

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Hitchcock directed this movie really well. It truly is one of his better films from this period, but to me not one of the best. I really do think that it should have been shorter in length and some scenes were overly extended. The film is really well edited despite the first half. It took too much take to get there. And of course that train scene was awfully convenient and rushed. But despite those flaws, it is still such a well shot, directed and made movie which also features excellent dialogue and some memorable scenes with the library sequence being beautifully shot and so atmospheric. The film is thrilling despite its predictable nature.

Shadow of a Doubt is definitely too predictable in plot, it takes its time to get ther owing to a slow start plus the train sequence is rushed and awfully convenient. However, the story is pretty well told, the characters are memorable and really well developed, I really liked its interesting themes, the cinematography is gorgeous and some scenes are very memorable and so well conceived. Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten are also phenomenal. It is in the a very good film, but I do not share Hitchcock’s sentiments as it isn’t my favorite movie of his, not by a long shot.

My Rating – 4

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The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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The Magnificent Ambersons Movie Review

The Magnificent Ambersons is a 1942 period drama directed by Orson Welles and starring Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Tim Holt. It is an expectedly overrated movie.

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I said, automobiles are a useless nuisance.

Never amount to anything but a nuisance.

They had no business to be invented

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The plot isn’t there. This is a story that obviously came from the book and is just not suited for visual media such as film. And certainly it has too many characters, too many plot points and developments and it is overly entangled and complicated for such a short running time. Everything is underdeveloped, underutilized and ultimately quite weak.

I truly think that Orson Welles is the most overrated classic director as I find most of his films to be pretty weak. This one doesn’t change that tradition for me. None of its characters was even remotely memorable. Yes, the acting is great for sure. Joseph Cotten is as good as usual and Tim Holt and Agnes Moorehead are very good themselves, but the characters they play are beyond weak. This is the kind of family drama that is very soapy, boring and overly melodramatic and filled with so many gossips and rumors that it reminded of soap operas.

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What The Magnificent Ambersons does right lies in the technical departments. The direction from Welles is admittedly quite weak, but the visuals are mesmerizing. I loved the art direction and it deserved to be Oscar nominated for sure. The film has gorgeous cinematography and that castle is beautiful to watch. It is also meticulous in detail and you really feel as if you’ve been transported to the beginning of the 20th century. It serves as a good, charming look at that particular time period and I loved the transitions in technology portrayed here, especially that in automobiles. But I still found the plot itself and the characters way too boring and pointless and the film did not deserve its Best Picture nomination at all. It is cited as one of the best American films of all time by the critics which is just crazy talk to me. Ridiculous.

The Magnificent Ambersons is an expectedly overrated film from one of the most overrated directors. The art direction and cinematography are admittedly splendid along with its attention to detail as it transports you well into its time period. But that’s about it. It was so obviously not meant to be a film material and it’s a dull, gossipy soap opera filled with too many characters and a lack of any meaningful plot to it.

My Rating – 3

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2nd Simbasible Awards

2nd Simbasible Awards

Top Ten Films of 2016

Best Film

Arrival 

Captain Fantastic   

Graduation

Doctor Strange  

Fantastic Beasts 

Lion

A Monster Calls

The Salesm

Fences

Silence

 

Best Indie Films 2016

Best Indie Film

10 Cloverfield Lane

Captain Fantastic

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Moonlight

Sausage Part

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Blockbuster Film

Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts

The Jungle Book

The Mermaid

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Director

Asghar Farhadi – The Salesman

Cristian Mungiu – Graduation

Garth Davis – Lion

Martin Scorsese – Silence

Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge

Top Five Male Performances of 2016

Best Actor

Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge/Silence

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Denzel Washington – Fences

Lewis MacDougall – A Monster Calls

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Actress

Amy Adams – Arrival

Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Sally Field – Hello, My Name Is Doris

Viola Davis – Fences

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Andre Holland – Moonlight

Dev Patel – Lion

John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane

Mark Rylance – The BFG

Sunny Pawar – Lion

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Nicole Kidman – Lion

Priyanka Bose – Lion

Best Original Screenplay

Captain Fantastic

Graduation

The Salesman

Sausage Party

Zootopia

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fences

A Monster Calls

My Life as a Zucchini

Best Animated Film Moana My Life as a Zucchini Sausage Party Sing Zootopia 2016Best Animated Film

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

Sausage Party

Sing

Zootopia

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Foreign Film

Graduation

The Mermaid

My Life as a Zucchini

The Salesman

Tanna

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Documentary Film

Cameraperson

The Eagle Huntress

Life, Animated

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Short Film

Blind Vaysha

Pearl

Piper

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Score

Arrival

La La Land

Moana

Swiss Army Man

Tanna

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Song

Another Day of Sun – La La Land

Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Trolls

How Far I’ll Go – Moana

Someone in the Crowd – La La Land

We Know the Way – Moana

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Cinematography

The Eagle Huntress

Lion

Rogue One

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts

Jackie

The Witch

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Editing

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Lion

A Monster Calls

My Life as a Zucchini

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Visual Effects

Arrival

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts

The Jungle Book

Rogue One

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Character Development

Captain Fantastic

Doctor Strange

Fantastic Beasts

Fences

My Life as a Zucchini

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Character

The Ancient One – Doctor Strange

Ben Cash – Captain Fantastic

Conor – A Monster Calls

Jacob – Fantastic Beasts

Nadine Franklin – The Edge of Seventeen

2nd Simbasible AwardsBest Scene

Adoption Conversation – Lion

Farewell End Scene – Fantastic Beasts

Imaginary End Scene – La La Land

Reunion Scene – Lion

Reunion Scene – Moonlight

Rose’s Heartbreaking Speech – Fences

2nd Simbasible Awards

Best Dialogue

Arrival

Captain Fantastic

Fences

Lion

A Monster Calls

2nd Simbasible Awards

Most Emotional Film

Captain Fantastic

Fences

Life, Animated

Lion

A Monster Calls

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Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

This year had some pretty good and highly memorable posters that wonderfully promote the movie and work well as wallpapers. I am going to count my personal top ten posters and I only considered the movies that I have seen.

10. Moonlight

This is the kind of poster that describes the movie really well and is highly memorable. Moonlight is a coming-of-age tale of a young gay black man and in the poster you see three faces from his childhood, adolescence and adulthood. All three parts of the movie are well incorporated into a highly recognizable poster.

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9. La La Land

As one of the most memorable films of the year, La La Land also had a very memorable poster which is from one of its most memorable sequences. I love the color and both the dance movements of the protagonists and that lamp post are highly recognizable.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

8. Swiss Army Man

I did not love this movie as it was too odd for me. However, its poster is very good. It does what every poster should do – intrigue you that you want to see the movie instantly. Its pleasing greenish color, that small island and the two men on it instantly beg many questions about it.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

7. Kubo and the Two Strings

This Laika animated film disappointed me quite a bit and again the poster sold it really well. The parting of the sea is cool, the darker colors are intriguing and both the moon and the pose from the protagonist are very memorable.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

6. The Witch

The Witch is a famous horror film from 2016 that I found disappointing. But the poster contains that goat which is easily the best and creepiest part from the whole movie. I loved that goat and I love it here as well plus those title letters are intriguing and different.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

5. Your Name

The pattern is the same with this number five choice – a disappointing movie, but with a very cool poster. It instantly hooks you in and intrigues you with its very colorful look and a very interesting premise which is shown here in its two halves: one in the country and another in the city.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

4. Hunt for the Wildepeople

A pretty good and adventurous flick from New Zealand got a fun poster too. The boy, the old man and the boar are so interestingly positioned and you immediately get a very different, unique and very much New Zealand vibe from the whole thing.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

3. Green Room

I absolutely hated this movie and it’s my pick for the worst film of 2016. However, this is the list of best posters and I could just not deny the power of Green Room‘s poster. It is very intriguing, it uses its titular color so well and both the pose and sparse space are highly memorable.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

2. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book of course features excellent special effects and thus the poster is great as well. I like this one the most as it features a meticulous attention to detail. The wolves, Mowgli with fire, the ruins – everything is interesting and so well done visually both here and in the film itself.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

1. Hacksaw Ridge

And my favorite poster has to be the one for Hacksaw Ridge. It is nowhere near as strong as the last year’s ‘The Hateful Eight’, but it is still the most memorable poster from the entire year which it why it takes this first spot. I particularly like its imagery. And the fact that it was painted in that old-fashioned, classic Hollywood manner I just love.

Top Ten Film Posters of 2016

Honorable Mentions:

The Secret Life of Pets – The movie would have been better as a short but this poster wonderfully reminds you of its funniest part when the dog is waiting for his owner to arrive home.

10 Cloverfield Lane – An instantly recognizable poster for such a good movie, it finds a very good use of its title which is so well incorporated into the overall imagery.

Moana – The parting of the sea, the characters and its lush colors are all very memorable in this bright, fun poster for a very good Disney flick.

Fantastic Beasts – I love this film and this poster made me so excited for it as it features the new team in a good manner. Their poses and the buildings around them are both memorable.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 Marvel superhero film directed by the Russo Brothers and starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. It is one of Marvel’s better films.

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Before we get started,

Does anyone want to get out?

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I liked its story quite a bit. It is an action film definitely, but it still has a solid plot which was great to see. Everyone talks about it being similar to 1970s political thrillers, but to me it is more like a spy film and a really good one at that. Its mystery is strong and some scenes are quite unforgettable, but more on that later.

Let’s talk about the characters. Cap is quite good here and this is possibly his best use yet. Black Widow is as cocky as ever, but still pretty solid and this might be her best movie as well. The two are great together with an excellent dynamic. Bucky Barnes is an underutilized character. I get that he is important, but to me he was just never as well developed as he should have been and thus I just could never get into Cap’s obsession with him. But he is a cool villain here, that’s for sure.

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Falcon is likable, but he is such a stupid superhero and I continue to think that he is thoroughly useless in the MCU as a whole. Maria Hill is quite likable and I liked her relationship with Cap. Brock is good in action scenes with a great fighting style and Nick Fury has some great moments here, but I still despise how they did not kill him for real. That was cheap and it ruined the movie for me. They unfortunately just keep doing that in this franchise and it is quickly getting on my nerves.

The acting is very good with all of its actors delivering strong performances. And of course the direction by the Russo Brothers is quite capable and they truly cracked this trilogy really well and it is a shame that they didn’t direct Captain America: The First Avenger’ too as it would have thus been much better.

The action is where this movie shines. Captain America: The Winter Soldier definitely has overwhelming action, but at least it is done right. Truly most of the action scenes here were amazing, so well choreographed and so incredibly entertaining. The highlights are attack on Fury which is both funny and dangerous, Cap’s fight with Bucky but the first one as the second one is lacking and of course the entire Hydra bunker sequence is just phenomenal with a great mysterious quality to it.

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But even though it has an abundance of absolutely great, truly unforgettable scenes, the entire third act was so disappointing that it diminished the effect of the whole movie quite a bit. The action there was much weaker and the overall act was too bombastic and like a typical, annoying blockbuster with those frustrating explosions and high equipment which I dislike personally. The movie definitely ended well and I liked its post-credits scene, but I just wish that the action in the third act wasn’t that overwhelming and typical and to me the entire movie was overblown and way too long for this story. At least 15 minutes should have been cut from it and it would have been much better that way. But this is still a very satisfactory blockbuster experience and one of Marvel’s better, if not the best offerings.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel’s better films with a third act that is certainly disappointing and done in typical blockbuster vein, but the rest of the film features pretty solid storytelling with good mystery and spy elements to it, a very good use of its characters and some of the best and most memorable action sequences in recent memory.

My Rating – 4

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Movie Review

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 western film directed by John Sturges and starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. It is a solid western flick.

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All gunfighters are lonely.

They live in fear.

They die without a dime, a woman or a friend

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The film follows a famous shootout in history which lasted only for 30 seconds but here it lasted for five minutes which was definitely needed. And of course the film features big build-up and it follows both of its protagonists and their stories leading up to the shootout. The action itself is very well executed, exciting and memorable. The entire third act and especially the ending are worth this long build-up and they certainly delivered.

However, this is an obvious example of an overlong execution of a pretty short premise. I realize that they definitely needed to exaggerate a bit, but they certainly did not need to have a running time of full two hears as an hour and a half would have sufficed. But this way, the entire first act was pretty slow, uninvolving and thoroughly uneventful.

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Let’s talk about its characters. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are very interesting and memorable as these famous historical figures and they are brought to life really well here thanks to two stellar performances from Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. They not only delivered strong performances but the casting of them was top-notch too as they fit their characters like a glove.

The others are less memorable, but Laura is pretty good as is Kate Fisher. They surprisingly got a lot to do for female characters in a western film which was refreshing. Ringo should have been more memorable, but Billy Clanton is very well utilized and I liked all of his scenes.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is technically superb. Not only does it feature solid direction from John Sturges per usual, but it is visually dazzling owing to excellent Technicolor and some great, memorable imagery here and there. To me the highlights were the scenes outdoors and I wished there were more of those though the interiors were pretty detailed and realistic as well.

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The action is solid and the score is particularly strong except for the overly playful score in the last battle. The titular theme repeated throughout is wonderful and the heart and soul of the movie thanks to excellent, fitting lyrics and a memorable tone. This is a pretty solid western film, but the one that is only very competently made and never rising above that level. It needed more emotion in it and the character development is solid, but not the greatest. I also found its dialogue and subplots lacking and the film seemed too much like a book with too many unnecessary details and plot developments in my opinion. But it is still a solid introductory lesson to this famous historical event.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is overly extended and rarely truly great with too many details and a weaker first act, but it is still a pretty solid, competently made western flick featuring very good performances from both Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, a memorable final scene, good visuals and truly excellent score.

My Rating – 3.5

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Worst Films of 2016

Worst Films of 2016

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 Five Worst Films of 2016

2016 was a very good year featuring a lot of amazing films. But this list highlights some of the worst that has come during this year. And even though only a couple of these movies were quite bad, most were very weak and definitely deserving a spot on this list. I am going to list five movies with three honorable mentions and I have to say that I do not watch bad/critically trashed movies so this list is basically synonymous with the most overrated films list.

5. Sully

Such an overrated movie, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood just could not save it. Sully is such a clichéd movie that would have been fine for a short film treatment, but as a feature, it was incredibly dull, bloated and it just did not work. Everything here was predictable and pointless and it is basically a TV movie.

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4. Elle

Elle is such a mediocre and infuriating French film because it actually started off rather strongly, but ended horribly. It basically promotes rape and that I just do not support. It could have been a good thriller, but the second half is so terrible, implausible and just plain irritating in the behavior of its protagonist that it frustrated me immensely.

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3. The Nice Guys

As the most overrated film on this list, The Nice Guys was pretty unwatchable and painful as this dated and overly nostalgic 70s influenced buddy cop movie. The performances from Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are admittedly very good along with their chemistry, but the plot is quite bad, the action is overwhelming and the film was very annoying and boring to watch.

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2. Toni Erdmann

I am so glad that this crap did not win the Oscar for best foreign film as it truly is a disaster. It is another case on this list where the core of it is actually really good, but the execution is the worst possible with such terrible humor and awful sexual situations that honestly made me uncomfortable. I guess the movie is funny to some, but to me it is painfully unfunny and incredibly annoying.

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1. Green Room

Yes, 2016 was a solid year for horror films, but neither of its horror features impressed me as much. But this is the only bad one that I watched and it had to take my number one spot as even the plot and concept are mediocre. There is nothing to be had here whatsoever apart from overwhelming and gory action and ridiculous scenarios. This is the kind of movie that gives horror films a bad name and it is in my opinion the worst that 2016 has to offer.

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Honorable Mentions:

Queen of Katwe – A very unsuccessful Disney movie that isn’t bad, but it is so typical in its plot and overly sentimental that it isn’t worth anyone’s time.

I, Daniel Blake – Another immensely overrated film on this list, this British drama is overly social and it lacks in terms of emotion and characterization. It is never as powerful as needed.

Hail, Caesar! – This is another proof that Coen brothers are just not for me. This movie has great visuals, but it is so painfully unfunny and way too condescending toward classic films.

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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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Lilo & Stitch Movie Review

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated science fiction comedy film directed by Chris Sanders. It is Disney’s 42nd animated feature and a pretty good film in its own right.

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Ohana means family.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

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So this is an interesting mix of sci-fi and family drama and comedy. I thought that the sci-fi elements were childish, yet charming and a lot of fun. The humor is good, but the film isn’t as funny as critics have been saying it is. It succeeds the most as this family drama of two sisters and their relationship. That is where the heart and soul of the movie is along with Stitch’s place in the new family. To me the film used that ohana quote way too often to the point of verging into childish preachy territory, but it’s still such a great, memorable quote from the film that is wonderfully pro-family, but in a very modern way. I thought it was also quite emotional in some scenes, but also in a good, heartwarming manner. And by the way, I got some serious ‘Men in Black’ vibes from this movie which was interesting.

Lilo is an interesting protagonist for the fact that she is far from perfect and is actually a very problematic individual. A parentless orphan is a Disney cliché by now, but it was still done really well here with a lot of emotion and seriousness. Her personality is quite different than the rest of Disney protagonists and she is more relatable and realistic because of it. Nani is sometimes annoying, but still a positive, respectable character and the relationship between these two sisters is moving, so well established and quite sweet.

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Stitch is an interesting case as well. Both him and Lilo are unusual Disney characters in that he is for once an ugly creation and that was great to see and only further brought a lot of charm from him. His change in personality was expected, but still well handled and the relationship between the titular duo is quite wonderful. He could have been funnier, but he still ended up being a lot of fun.

Dr. Jumba Jookiba is a good sidekick, but in my opinion Pleakly is better and funnier. This duo is surprisingly solid in their own right. Cobra is memorable and I liked the twist in his background. Captain Gantu and David Kawena serve their purpose and David is a likable dude, but way too underdeveloped unfortunately. The voice acting is pretty good in this flick.

Lilo & Stitch is interesting for featuring watercolor animation which is a style the studio rarely does. And that’s why I really enjoyed it. The colors are pleasing and very inviting and to me the Hawaiian setting is gorgeously utilized here both in terms of animation and storytelling. The character designs are pretty good and the highlights are some of the more artistic and painterly color palettes and landscapes.

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Lilo & Stitch is not a musical, but it does heavily utilize on its soundtrack. It has quite a lot of Elvis songs in it and I am a fan of his so I liked that choice quite a bit. It fit so well within this world in my opinion. Suspicious Minds is the highlight as not only do I love this song, but the sequence itself is unforgettable and very inventive and funny.

There are two original songs to be had here and I have to say that I liked both of them and they are quite underrated if you ask me. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride is a lot of fun. It is such a cool and laidback Hawaiian song and I really enjoyed its rhythm and the accompanying scene. But to me He Mele No Lilo is even better and such an unfortunately underrated song. I learned it by heart by now and I really enjoy it for being such a catchy tune and for being a good introductory opening for the character of Lilo.

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This script demanded better dialogue as what we got here is too preachy at times and way too simplistic. I liked its themes of course, but better dialogue was needed nonetheless. And the pacing is all over the place. The film is fun and it flies by quickly, but its overly extended beginning and rushed ending are super troublesome as they significantly reduce the enjoyment of the film in my opinion. But it is still such an endearing, fun flick that is one of Disney’s best in this decade, certainly the finest after ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’.

Lilo & Stitch has weaker dialogue despite a couple of instantly recognizable lines and its pacing is all over the place as the beginning is overly extended and the ending is rushed. However, this is still one of Disney’s best 2000s efforts owing to very good characterization with interesting and different main characters than usual, fun sci-fi elements, pleasing watercolor animation, good score and a heartfelt, well explored family drama.

My Rating – 4

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Silence (2016)

Silence Movie Review

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Silence Movie Review

Silence is a 2016 historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. It is such a good, truly sophisticated film.

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I pray but I am lost?

Am I just praying to silence?

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Silence Movie Review

It is set in 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story did sound intriguing to me and the film ended up being a fascinating experience. I loved its historical authenticity and especially that it tells a little known story and it acquaints you with it wonderfully leading to such a great historical piece and a superb history lesson.

The highlight of the film is its dialogue which is so strong, clever and sophisticated. The entire second half and especially the third act were just riveting to watch with those endless discussions about religion, morality and God. To me the movie is so great mostly because of Martin Scorsese as his direction is very good and he is the man most responsible for this whole story and its unbiased portrayal.

Silence Movie Review

I am talking about the film’s realistic and down to earth portrayal of both Christianity and the Japanese. It showcases how the Japanese are horrible for the torture and murders they inflicted to the Portuguese and their own converted Christians, but it also shows us how they respect their religion and their culture. It is a very difficult situation and you lose something whatever you choose. The same goes for the Christians. The fathers’ faith was admirable here, but their quest was overly problematic morally speaking and a bit too aggressive. But how they portrayed martyrdom in a non-romanticized manner is what made the movie feel different and much more honest and real than any other religious offerings. It truly is a clever and mature religious film that provokes thought-provoking conversations with its unbiased and honest look at both sides.

I liked the characters and the performances are excellent across the board. But Andrew Garfield is the true standout here. He gave such a strong, emotional and admirable performance and it is just unbelievable what a strong year he had in 2016 as both Silence and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ proved to be two of his best roles.

Silence has one big problem that in my opinion prevents it from becoming a true future classic. That is of course its running time. Clocking in at more than two and a half hours, the movie definitely felt overlong and it did not need this huge length to tell this story and that results in pretty bad, sluggish pacing at times with the second act in particular being frequently boring and uneventful.

Silence Movie Review

But it is a technically polished film. It is both superbly directed and acted, but also beautifully shot with some awesome scenery at display here. It utilizes on its religious imagery really well with some memorable shots, but it also features unforgettable natural scenery and the Japanese setting is very well portrayed and strong in detail. The score is forgettable, but both its script and dialogue are top-notch. In the end, Silence truly fascinated me and made me ask questions and I liked that it didn’t give any answers and just provoked questions as you can’t really answer the problems and morality of this situation in any meaningful manner. All you can do is portray it honestly which is exactly what the director did here.

Silence is a fascinating film that provoked some big questions out of me in the best way possible. Its sluggish pacing at times and overlong running time prevented it from reaching even higher heights, but the acting is strong across the board, the cinematography is superb and the film’s script and especially dialogue are phenomenal. Scorsese portrayed this difficult situation in the best, most honest and unbiased way possible with thought-provoking conversations and such a rarely sophisticated, complex take on religion.

My Rating – 4.5

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