Not a film snob. I like what I like.
Ella Enchanted 2004
When this came out I would have hated it because I loved the book in middle school and this is not very faithful to the excellent source material.
But taken on its own merits (as is recommended by Ella Enchanted author Gail Levine), this movie has a lot to offer. Anne Hathaway gives a great performance, this movie would be nothing without her. Cary Elwes is clearly having fun as the mustache twirling villain and Hugh Dancy is cute as Char. Everyone involved in the film created a fun world, I loved the sets and props and costumes. Also, the giant party!
Don't Play Us Cheap 1972
Melvin Van Peebles has a very unique mind.
There is a lot to like here. Really solid performances all around. I appreciated the costumes, they were all so distinctive and strange. The vast majority of the movie takes place in a tiny apartment but the camera moves around so much and the director uses a lot of effects so it never gets boring.
I definitely need to rewatch this and also maybe put some of the songs on my playlist.
The Brave Little Toaster 1987
This film makes me feel sad and anxious and weirded out. I love it!
I can't fully explain it but this movie perfectly captures the horror and nihilism of consumerism and how we treat the things we "own." It's hard to watch this movie and not think about how you are as a "master" to your appliances and toys. And most of us aren't putting our lives on the line to save our old stuff from being abandoned, crushed, turned into trash that is worthless. Definitely appropriate themes for a kids film!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie made me feel weird. My main emotional reaction at the end was to be sad that Ros and Naomi Watts' son lost years together because of her desire to conform to social expectations despite his sincere love and devotion to her. And I am not sure how to feel about the fact that I felt that way.