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  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music


    The Nazi stuff seems a lot more immediate these days...

  • Brave



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

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  • Monsters University

    Monsters University


    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…

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are


    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…