"I was aware, before I started watching, that “OK Boy” the child vampire was not a universally popular addition to the franchise, but nothing can prepare you for the montage scenes where he befriends – as weird creatures in post-ET fantasy films tend to – the children of a workaholic father and makes their toys come to life. It’s a lengthy subplot that sends the film’s tonal centre completely out of joint, although a modern generation raised on reverential revivals…
52 films by women 2023: 40/52.
Whenever there's a short film or an experimental work on Mubi that I like but gets a less-than-stellar reception, it often turns out to be something like this: pastoral, essayistic, full of misty superimpositions and cross-fades. In the case of Lois and Matías Patiño's film, it also fits into one of my longest-running on-off critical projects, of defining a type of hypothetical cinema. Each hypothetical film has to answer the question of why it…
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005
Too often, when we wonder who the Greatest Living Englishman is, we forget that Nick Park asked Dreamworks for thirty million dollars to make an internationally-released feature-length film about marrow-growing contests in Lancashire and they said yes.
I was going to add a caveat to this review, to say that perhaps it wasn't a 4.5 film, but if you're queer, or if you're from one of those towns - you know, the ones with shops that you've never seen without the shutters down, the ones whose people are said to be "workshy" by people on TV despite the fact that some of the older residents still have scars on their head that they got from literally, physically…