Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A Cat in Paris
By day, a pet... By night, a thief!
A thrilling mystery that unfurls in the alleys and on the rooftops of the French capital, Paris, over the course of one adventurous evening.
A Cat in Paris has all of the makings of a truly fantastic and mighty nifty 10 minute long animated short. An appropriately jazzy soundtrack, interesting and inspired (enough anyway) animation and a simplistic but engaging enough story (for 10 minutes), all give off a nice atmosphere and provide for some fun entertainment. Sadly, A Cat in Paris overextends, mercilessly draws out, and blandly makes all charm nullified by struggling out 10 minutes worth of charm into a tedious, grown-inducing and seemingly unending seventy minutes.
The film is a painfully drab 70 minute watch at that, full of repetition, unending scenes and awkward cuts (I'll leave the English voice-over work out of the equation entirely). It feels like nothing but…
Oscar nominated Best Animated Film in 2010. With computer animated movies everywhere these days, it was refreshing to watch a hand drawn animated movie. Story is about a cat thief, a cat, a little girl that does not speak since her dad died, a mom/cop trying to catch the man that killed her husband and a crime lord would killed the husband/dad. Probably a little too intense for my 4 year old...but the 7 year old liked it just fine. Running time of only 62 minutes.
Despite being nominated for an Oscar (in a particularly poor year for animated feature films), A Cat in Paris is undeserving of such attention. Although the film’s charcoal picture book aesthetic is quite charming, if not particularly slick, the art direction is undermined by a truly clunky story that lacks excitement, peril or anything for an audience over the age of five.
Even at 60 minutes the film feels stretched beyond its meagre means. This could have been a sweet little short film but when expanded to feature length it constantly tries the patience thanks to such a simple story that is crudely delivered. The characters are as flat as the animation whilst the English dub is offensive to the ears. Disappointing.
This Academy award nominated animated feature was pretty good. It's a crime story so it probably won't interest a lot of kids, but my 3 year old sat and watched the whole thing because he loves cats. It's only an hour and ten minutes long so it's definitely worth the time.
A whimsical and breezy jaunt through a night of adventure on the rooftops of Paris, with a wry feline as our guide. I often feel that animated film is, in a sense, the purest cinema. It's not real life doctored or staged to produce an artificial image: it's purely artificial image, and because of that, seems to connect effortlessly to our most primal urges for storytelling. I guess I can extrapolate at length about the psychological underpinnings of film, animation, narrative and myth, but the simple fact is, this is short, very enjoyable, and on Netflix streaming. Watch it!
At a brisk 64 minute runtime, A Cat in Paris flies by as a tightly paced and fun animated mystery thriller through the rooftops of Paris in the moonlight. While containing some watered down adult oriented subject matter and violence, this is still a child friendly film that could be enjoyed by the whole family.
Fair warning though that the plot is extremely generic and in some moments cringe worthy. I noticed this and perhaps would have rated it lower if it were not for the other brilliant qualities of the film that held its appeal. The film begins as a tale of two stories, both having a connecting component with the titular cat. As the plot progresses or more…
An intriguing, cubist-inspired animation style can't overshadow this movie's predictable narrative or its stereotypical (bordering on racist) characters. A Cat in Paris is a far cry from other French animation like the Triplets of Belleville or Kirikou.
It feels a little schematic in its adherence to European animation commonplaces, but remains a touching, sophisticated urban adventure.
Film #20 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge!
Task #20: A film featuring any kind of superstition. Black Cat.
Surprisingly fun little animated movie. I loved the animation style and at just over 60 minutes it was short and sweet.
The animation is so beautiful... Simple lines but the color work is beautiful. Almost plain... if it wasnt for the lightning and shadows on all living things... and the clouds at a morning scene.
Cool simple story... sometimes you have the bad thing under your nose but we are blind to it ....
Yet another random mishap addition to my watchlist because of the Oscars. The animations are just plain ugly and the story is only marginally interesting.
Absolutely charming, full of delightful surprises.
Fun animation style and just right duration. Story held my interest though predictable. Good music.
My second Marcia Gay Harden film of the weekend as it happens.
It looks (and often feels) a lot like a painting, with clear influence in the neat design, and I also thought at points that it might be better suited as a graphic novel.
Despite how straightforward and slender it is, it's also quite pleasant and it just about works. It gets better as it develops with a nice chase scene in its climax and there are humorous moments dotted throughout.
an intense and slightly dark adventure story that's well worth a watch.
zoé is a little parisian girl who hasn't spoken since the murder of her father at the hands of a nefarious thief. her mom is a tough, no-nonsense police commissary who suffers from trauma after the murder of her husband and seeks vengeance against the man who killed him. (sound familiar? usually, in other stories, it's a man whose wife has been murdered and he goes after her killer. the gender-swapping is so refreshing that i gave this film an extra half-star just for that.) steven blum (aka the golden voice of spike spiegel, and amon from the legend of korra) voices the thief with a heart of…
I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…