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  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2016

    I really, truly wanted to like this. 

    While Favareu and his army of artists and technicians should be commended for their undeniable work here in bringing photorealistic animation up another notch, there are still so many pitfalls that hurt the experience and make me feel that CG is best used as a selective or "hidden" tool. 

    On the technical side there are three areas that hurt the film for me: 

    First, it's how the live-action Mowgli is integrated into the…

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2016

    In this era of Trump and Brexit it is so heartening to see a pro-immigrant family film. And for it to be so distinct in its world building, its sense of humor and tone of character is just... well, it's just about perfect.

    Director Paul King leads his cast and crew with such a deft and glowing touch, while cinematographer Eric Wilson and production designer Gary Williamson create a wonderfully vibrant and varied world with gorgeous nods to the work…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016

    Picture it: you find yourself taking shelter from the bitter Atlantic cold in a shady little pub up the road from the docks of a town in New England you can't remember the name of. 

    You edge your way up to the bar, certainly a stranger in these parts, but the atmosphere isn't without a trepadatious frindliness. And so over the pints you throw back, and the hours that pass, your belly gets warm, and the laughter gets thick, your…

  • Punishment Park

    Punishment Park 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2016

    Now, more than ever perhaps, do we need the cinema of Peter Watkins to be projected on the exterior of buildings in cities and towns across the country for all to see.