Overall really enjoyed this and am excited about the next film. Another visual feast/tour de force/extravaganza/etc. x10. I really appreciated how much thought went into every literal frame; and it's not just embellishment or cool for the sake of cool - every detail, color, design choice, animation style/timing/etc. has meaning and is there to support emotion and character motivation as much as story - and jokes! The visual execution in both films demonstrates why animation is the best form to…
House of Dracula 1945
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Well I made it through to the end of the original Universal Frankenstein series. Not counting Abbott and Costello - which I look forward to. I didn't mind this one but I didn't love it. The only thing that I truly loved and will forever fondly remember is Nina the hunchback nurse. I had never heard of or seen this character before in my life and it was, honestly, love at first sight. Where has Nina been all my life??…
Licorice Pizza 2021
I feel like this film should close the book on the early 70s Los Angeles nostalgia-driven indie film. I know that it won't, but I just think PTA has effectively drained every last drop from this well and I can honestly say I don't need any more. Obviously, there's a lot to admire here and I don't take any of it for granted: the performances, photography, production design, soundtrack, etc. The beautifully crafted fetishizing gave me deja vu from this…
Everything Everywhere All at Once 2022
I liked this, but not to the nth degree that others have. But I did enjoy and appreciate it. What I liked: the big swings. A heartfelt indie culty comedy with unique and impressive action set pieces, martial arts, and special effects that's all driven by emotion and psychology rather than plot or spectacle or IP. A film about an Asian-American family that captures the truths and specific details so many of us have waited to see on the big…