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  • Bolt 2008

    ★★½ Rewatched 21 Jul, 2014

    Haven't seen this since it was released 6 years ago. It's more lacklustre than I remember, I'm afraid.

    It's crowning jewel is Paul Felix's art direction, giving the backgrounds a soft, painterly look to them. So it's as if the CG characters are walking through the images of a children's book.

  • Home on the Range 2004

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Jul, 2014

    Despite the clear (and admittedly exhausting) objective to charm and delight, there is a depressive quality to this film that I find illuminating and honest.

    "Depressing" sounds like a negative word so maybe I should say "sad". But that also seems false given the cartoony and comic nature of the film.

    It's as if the bleakness and vulnerability of the hand-drawn staff during the Stainton era is eminently seeping through their drawings.

    This movie is a like the actor in…

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014 3

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes place 10 years after the previous incarnation. In the wake of the enormous ape discharge from the Gen-Sys Labs and their rampage through San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, the infectious Simian Virus has now exterminated the majority of Earth’s human populace and left the rest desperate to survive in a dystopian world.

    Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) group of apes have developed immensely, as well as grown and…

  • The General 1926

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2014 4

    I'm not sure why people scoff at old movies. They are still new to those who have not seen them.