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  • Brave

    Brave 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 14 Mar, 2014

    2nd viewing, no change in rating. Characterization of mama bear a highlight.

  • The Host

    The Host 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    Insane. And a membrane (or a creature with many membranes). I like movies that aren't afraid to flout narrative conventions, so the ending was a happy surprise ('happy' isn't really the correct word in this context but oh well). A really odd film of familial dysfunction and chemically-derived monster mayhem with some genuinely impressive creature creation and effects work. Interesting to see distrust of U.S. corporatism in a modern foreign genre flick. I had the constant though not unpleasant sense than many of the character signifiers were getting lost in translation for me.

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    Caveat since I really didn't give this my full attention for the first half; it's on my 'ought to revisit' list. Impressions: rather admirably keeps its perspective entirely within the turbulent emotive state of childhood, resulting in something deeply felt and authentic but also frequently enervating and disorienting (I was going to say 'illogical' but what the film is capturing feels more like a state of pre-logic), which I realize may be the point. Giving the wild things different aspects…

  • Monsters University

    Monsters University 2013

    ★★★ Rewatched 26 Oct, 2013

    Tolerably clever and funny, but ultimately disappointing. Sad to think this is where Pixar is heading, but FINDING DORY looms; also highly lucrative retreads of past glories are highly lucrative, and don't require the same difficult world-building. Likewise, the storytelling craft Pixar used as its standard for its first 15 years (give or take) isn't necessary if you can just lift the engine out of REVENGE OF THE NERDS and plop it down into a shiny new chassis. This output…