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Saturday, January 16

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Pre-Review

Good film.  Beautiful.  Loud.

Whether it's a great film depends on what comes after.  Time will tell.  For now, if you like Star Wars at all, this is worth seeing.

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Friday, January 15

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Arrietty Pre-Review

Ah, that's more like it.

Perhaps not Ghibli's best film, but Ghibli's best films are transcendent, and this actually doesn't fall that far short.

So it's slow moving, and the only real tension is surface tension (which they got right!), but it is beautifully animated and lyrically directed and utterly charming.

Recommended.

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300 Pre-Pre-Review

Thermopylae as myth?  I can handle that.

(20 minutes in.)  No I can't.  I'm going to watch Arrietty instead.

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Wednesday, January 13

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Frozen Pre-Review

Disappointingly by-the-numbers Disney flick.

Two things no-one seems to notice.

One: The entire mess is the trolls' fault.  Don't take advice from rocks.

Two: Elsa is basically Doctor Manhattan in heels.

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Thursday, January 07

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K-On! Movie Pre-Review

Hirasawa Yui is my spirit animal.

Update: The big problem with watching any K-On! is that their songs are terrible earworms.  I now have Rice is a Side Dish stuck in my head.


(Couldn't find a clip of them actually performing this song, though they do it once in the TV series and again in the movie.  This is the movie version, where Yui does an unscheduled One more time! and the other girls go Whut? but manage to jump back in.)

My favourite has to be Listen, the season 2 first-half ending, featuring cake-fairy Mio:

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Tuesday, January 05

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A Monster In Paris Pre-Review

I have nothing bad to say about this film.  Four stars.

I was going to suggest that perhaps Lucille's accent wanders a bit, but I checked, and she's played by Vanessa Paradis, who is French, from Paris, and plays the role in both the English and French versions, the only major cast member who did so.

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Monday, January 04

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The Adventures Of Tintin Pre-Review

I'm toying with the idea of Tintin as an anti-hero, like Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné, so completely obsessed with getting the story (no matter how trivial) that he is entirely unaware of the disaster he leaves in his wake.

This film did not grab me.  There is one part that is very, very, very good, but that's a few minutes of honey in almost two hours of cold porridge.

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Inside Out Pre-Review

In which Pixar takes Dennett's "Cartesian Theater" perhaps a little too literally.

Cute film, and yet a stronger story than Brave.  The model of mental processes is almost the diametric opposite of reality, but I'm willing to let that slide.

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Sunday, January 03

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Crank Pre-Review

A touching love story.

No, really.

No, really, really.

I enjoyed it more than I expected, though it was slower-paced than I expected.

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Monday, December 28

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

42 Days of Summer #5

Directed by Irvin Kershner
Written by Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, James Earl Jones, Frank Oz
1980, 124 minutes

As I mentioned in my pre-review, while I'm very very late watching this film, I already knew almost everything about it.  I'd read the book, heard the score, seen images and clips and spoofs of the action, listened to entire podcasts about it...  I just hadn't seen it.

The good news is that the film holds up both to my expectations and to the 35 years since its release.  I watched the Somethingth Anniversary Digital Special Edition Release, which has toned down some of the earlier Lucasic fiddling, and which looks absolutely beautiful.

There's little about this film that doesn't work.  The stop-motion AT-ATs look a little odd compared to how polished and fluid the rest of the cinematography is.  And Yoda...  Okay, I can understand the attachment people have to the physical puppet over the CGI version in the prequels, but he's a puppet.

And the giant space worm is a goddam sock.  I'm a little surprised they left that in, but I'm glad they did.

Three and a half star wars out of four.  Having watched (or rewatched) the original trilogy, I give them all three and a half stars.  There are definitely things the latter two films do better than the first - cinematography, sets, costumes - but they both sag a little in the middle (the Dagobah and Endor parts).

You've probably already seen them, but if you haven't, highly recommended.

I also watched the first half hour of The Phantom Menace.  I'll say this: The first eleven minutes are not entirely terrible.

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