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  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    ★½

    This film is decidedly childish (and that showed up right with the first appearance of the child-actor poorly acted child-character’s face), but at the same time it’s kind of creepy.

    Gooey pumpkin stuff, hideous bearded baby (that was actually funny, but in a bad way), pacts with demons (“Azazel fourth prince of Hell”, no less. They had to be specific about it for no reason), neighbour-murdering magicians, and then chainsaw references running around… This is no content for magic-aspiring children,…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★½

    It’s timely that I’ve watched Burning as the next after All About Lily Chou-Chou, because they have in common more than their long duration and a similar unhurried, sometimes hard to process pace.
    Both share scenes meant to represent more than it is apparent, as well as characters lost or abusive of others, and the overall tendency to long and silent sequences. In contrast Burning is far more reliant on dialogue and does have a linear timeline yet, ironically, the…

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  • April and the Extraordinary World

    April and the Extraordinary World

    ★★★★

    Don’t let the character designs (which, at least to me, seemed aesthetically hideous initially) turn you away… In the end I even appreciated a recent animated film not in 3D. Avril et le Monde Truqué (title which does not have the same nuance as when switched to “extraordinary world”) offers a twisted version of history as a story not really for children. It’s perhaps animated, I thought, to have the freedom in visually creating its coal-dominated setting, with the flying…

  • Smallfoot

    Smallfoot

    ★★★

    I surprisingly really enjoyed Smallfoot. I had no expectations for it, and I was presented with a creative setting embedded with myths both amusing and interesting when pictured as any real cultural tradition. It’s combined with a constant stream of easily-flowing humour; most of it silly but, since I was watching the film with a laidback attitude, funnier because of it.

    At first I saw the addition of songs as very unnecessary, but they are few and in the last…