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  • The Tribe

    The Tribe

    ★★½

    Probably the most interesting thing about this film remains to be the fact that it has to (or, it should) be viewed with no subtitles. Certain thought-provoking things emerge when viewing it this way — there is this position the viewers have to adopt where the lack of words constantly denies the full decryption of the characters’ actions and motivations, yet at the same time that lack is not enough to actually lose the viewers, thus leaving them no other…

  • The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ★★★★

    For some reason the film is funnier than I found it 12 years ago, when it first came out. Maybe it’s the thousand visual gags, which flew right over my nose when I first saw it; or maybe it’s the fact that the appreciation for storytelling that I’ve developed throughout those 12 years, has led me to admire the simple yet smart storytelling techniques the film employs—like the moment when you realise Gromit is to use that which matters most…

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  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    ★★

    I must say the version of the film I had in my mind was more idealised and rose-colored than I thought. It’s a shame too, as the original material, whilst far from great, did have more potential. Whereas the book was framed through a modern, contemporary yet adolescent lens to make old Greek mythology feel more appealing to nowadays young readers; in the film this lens gets pretty distorted precisely because it tried to appeal to the young viewer, which…

  • The Magic Hour

    The Magic Hour

    ★★★½

    Marvellous; magical. I can say that director Kōki Mitani’s dream of emulating Billy Wilder’s comedy is achieved; at least partially. After all, the movie is not without its flaws, clearly visible too—a daunting running time which the film’s comedy, rough on certain edges as it is, does not fully support (something that becomes more apparent when we realise that the film’s magic hour proves to be less funny, and overly botchy, than the earlier and forever hilarious knife gag). Unfortunately,…