Tag Archives: MustSee

The Band’s Visit

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A slow, but engaging film, in mixed English, Arabic, and Hebrew. Very reminiscent of The Visitor in its rhythm and quiet intensity.

Mary and Max

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I’m pretty sure this is the flim you get when Nic Park goes off his meds or when Tex Avery reads Satre. If you’ve seen Harvey Krumpet (and you should) you’ll see the natural progression of style and approach and deft stop-action animation. While somewhat bleak and dark, it is utterly hypnotic in the best oral tradition and manages to be quite affecting and even heart-warming. Definitely a director we will be following over the coming years.

Kick-Ass

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Maybe it is when we were seeing this, but we roared through the dark and twisted story that is Kick-Ass. Fun and entertaining, loaded with dark humor, it just hit us in the right way. The movie manages to walk that high-wire act of reality and over-the-top absurdity, the tension between the two keeping it from falling to a heap of failure. Is it perfect, no, but it certainly wasn’t disappointing!

28 Days Later

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The thinking man’s zombie flick and another step for Boyle’s vision and storytelling. And, for those that like commentaries, he can really talk about his craft.

The Secret of Kells

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Simply wonderful. Heavily influenced (I suspect) by the style of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack, but with a Celtic pallet. Much as Jack’s world is Japanese paintings come to life, so is Kells an illuminated manuscript taking form. It is a just dark enough to be entertaining for older kids and adults alike, though perhaps a bit scary for younger children. For lovers of the craft of anime, this is a must see.

How to Train Your Dragon

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Silly? Yes, but loads of fun and enough for kids and adults to latch onto. Probably effecitve in large part to Jay Baruchel’s portrayal of disaffected youth, Hiccup. Few, though some pointed surprises sell the experiene… .and, of course, the modelling of dragons on cat behavior cannot be ignored as an amusing plus.

United States of Tara (series 1 and 2)

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Just watch it. For the writing. For the acting. For the fun. Series 1 sets up the family and the world. Series 2 uses that to launch it off into an even better place. Wish we didn’t have to wait a year to see the upcoming series 3!

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Geekalicious! Silly. Fun. A gamer’s dream. And yet, still populated with great characters and honest emotions.

Easy A

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Easily the best film you didn’t see this year. Fabulous performances by both the young and established (Tucci and Clarkson rock as our heroine’s parents) but really sold by Stone’s wry, and often sweetly baffled, delivery. It is all at once an homage, a riff, a satire, and an update of John Hughes’ films and right up there with Joss Whedon on dialogue.

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