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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★★½

    I’ve reviewed this film for this site before but I watched it again and I’m decreasing my score for it. I mentioned before that it’s a very uneven movie and that’s primarily why this time around I found it frustrating more often than not. The subject matter, at times, feels like it’s really pushing the limits of what’s acceptable for animated family entertainment. That’s awesome. I want it to push those boundaries. That’s why I like this movie. But every…

  • Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful

    ★★★★

    Watching this movie with a group of Italians is different than when I watched it the first time in high school in Texas. They laughed hard at comedy bits that I only chuckled at. I’m sure a lot of it is lost in translation.
    It’s funny to think that this film is from 1997! Something about the way it’s shot and the film grain makes it look like an older film. Maybe that’s intentional since it’s a period film. Maybe…

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  • Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

    Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

    ★★½

    So a lot has been said about this particular installment in the Lupin series. Those who prefer Lupin as he was in Miyazaki’s directorial debut, The Castle of Cagliostro, look at this film, which lacks the subtlety and grace of that one, and write it off as inferior and not worth anyone’s time.

    Now, I think that’s unfair. Is this one of the strongest entries in the Lupin canon? Most assuredly not. But it’s still an interesting installment. It’s probably…

  • The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

    The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

    ★★★★★

    One of Chuck Jones’s great works. I prefer the more relatable characters like Daffy and Bugs but you can’t deny the charm that this little short exudes. It’s unfortunate that this is part of a movement that brought limited animation into the American cartoon by disguising it as mid century modernism, but it’s a great piece with its own merits.