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  • A Cat in Paris

    A Cat in Paris

    ★★★½

    A vibrant, charismatic, and emotional animated feature film from the directing duo of Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol (who would later wow us with PHANTOM BOY). A CAT IN PARIS is a tale of revenge, of childhood trauma, and Parisian villainy using creativity and intelligence in both storytelling and visuals. I was impressed with the use of colors, the flow of the characters, and the unvarnished perception of evil, keeping ever-in-mind that this waves the banner of PG and could…

  • 90° South

    90° South

    ★★★

    On the back of the DVD box for Milestone Cinematheque’s release of the 1933 documentary focused on Captain Scott’s 1911 South Pole expedition reads; home or classroom use only. Perhaps not surprising as many educators may use this as a way to excite students about exploration, tell a biography of Scott, or to time travel to a far less technological time, but for me, this changed the perspective of 90 DEGREES SOUTH. What began for me as a traditional documentary,…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Not quite a superhero film, though it bears the Marvel stamp. More of a space-pirate, band-of-losers, FOOTLOOSE-referencing, physical media respecting, for-the-love-of-all-that-is-1980s, man-did-Lee-Pace beef-up, James-Gunn-keeps-it-in-the-family, perfect summer blockbuster involving a talking raccoon and an empathetic tree. Gunn's ability to handle such a big movie was not without some jagged edges (misuse of secondary characters with accents, flat villains, Howard looked horrible!), but this is nearly 100% stronger than any other Marvel film to-date. As someone worried about the cineplex of the…

  • 1900

    1900

    ★★★½

    When beginning this 317-minute, 1976, Bernardo Bertolucci directed epic, you must realize that this is a 317-minute 1976 Bernardo Bertolucci directed epic. The scope and size of Bertolucci's is powerful. The bold choice of colors, the intensity of each scene, the use of both sex and violence to weave his tightly woven story together is breathtaking. But, this isn't the film for everyone. Joseph and I have talked about those "cinematic vegetables" that may not be enjoyable upon first bite,…