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This animated film has an interesting history, as it was actually the companion piece to Harry Nilsson's concept album of the same name (he also wrote the story). The music is pretty great here and holds up, the animation is cute and the voice acting i strong, but I dunno, maybe if you have nostalgia for it helps, but I found the pacing to be glacial for such a short feature, and the musical segments often stop the movie in…
Cinematically speaking this is a landmark movie. The first American epic and the first notable American feature film, made by one of the pioneers of the art form. The movie is extremely impressive technically for its time. The battle scenes are riveting, with hundreds of extras. The film also presents itself as a “historical reconstruction”, going to the lengths of informing the viewer that certain sets were constructed with the utmost fidelity to the source. The Lincoln assassination sequence for…
Rewatched this great film on Arrow's new restored limited edition blu-ray. Billy Wilder combines light and dark elements with such deft hand, making it seem so effortless. The wide shots at Consolidated Life are still some of the most stunning interior shots I've ever seen. Vistas in an office space.
Oh my god, what a mess. A group of five scientists (yeah, I didn't buy that), armed with M-16 rifles and seemingly with no training at all (Natalie Portman's character is the only one with an acknowledged military experience) inexplicably embark on a mission that spells certain death or at least certain oblivion. From then on, the film stays true to its inexplicable premise until it ends... you guessed it, inexplicably.
While I liked Garland's Ex-Machine (but wasn't ga-ga about…