8: Scenes From The Suburbs
This half-hour Arcade Fire enthused short film is well directed and takes some very odd, unexpected turns despite being a very realistic piece. I'm not much of an Arcade Fire fan but the music does work well with the suburban American setting and Spike Jonze is great at capturing the scenery.
I was hoping for something more along the lines of Fight For Your Right Revisited, which was released in the same year…
7: Toy Story of Terror
Toy Story was one of my favourite films as a child, and now almost twenty years after the first installment they are still giving life to the characters (when nobody is around, of course).
This Halloween-inspired caper doesn't really offer anything new, if anything it's a very familiar plot about abandonment just like the others, only this time it's condensed into twenty minutes. There are a few new characters to throw into the canon but other than that it was fairly forgettable. It's nice to see Woody and co. are doing all right without Andy though.
Rope is a directorial and acting experiment from Alfred Hitchcock, in an attempt to turn theatre into film. With long continious scenes and very little editting, the focus is all on the camerawork and the performances of a very talented cast. James Stewart's presence is wonderful and Dall and Granger, who play the murderers, also put on a very authentic, confident performances.
There are many great situational-dramas out there, but from Alfred Hitchcock the bar of expectation was always going…