James has written 13 reviews for films rated ★★★ during 2020.

  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells

    Absolutely enchanting animation, but it feels like an unfinished beta version of Song of the Sea and Wolfwalkers. Easily Cartoon Saloon's weakest film, but not a bad start for the studio by any means.

  • Treasure Planet

    Treasure Planet

    John Silver is honestly way too interesting and well-written of a character for this movie

    Doppler and Amelia seemed potentially interesting, cool of the movie to forget they exist and shove them into a forced rushed side romance

    The only way I can imagine a character as annoying as B.E.N. working is if he was voiced by the guy who voices Master Shake/Gazpacho

    Mr. Arrow was not the impostor

    I have nothing but respect for Ron and John but I can't believe THIS was the passion project they desperately wanted to make for nearly 20 years

  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year

    I'm losing my fucking mind because during The Boys Are Back, Chad sings "Just like a showdown, Will Smith and Bobby De Niro". As far as I know, the only film Will Smith Robert and De Niro have both appeared in is Shark Tale, where their characters (Oscar and Don Lino, respectively) have a showdown.

    High School Musical made an explicit reference to Shark Tale.

    Amazing.

  • High School Musical 2

    High School Musical 2

    24 Frames of Nick is gonna kill me for this

  • Robots

    Robots

    Fender is canon trans :)

  • Once

    Once

    I'm definitely missing something here cause this didn't work very well for me at all. It leaves a terrible first impression with the cinematography at the beginning, but that aspect improves as the film goes along (even if the flat lighting doesn't). The bigger issue for me is how the script feels entirely barebones, rendering the story and romance very basic and unengaging. I don't feel a particularly strong connection between the main characters and I don't feel like I…

  • Abominable

    Abominable

    This was really excellent for like 25 minutes and then it just turned into a worse version of Up

  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

    I must be out of my GODDAMN MIND cause I kinda liked it this time

  • Puss in Boots

    Puss in Boots

    "Mom, can we get Rango?"

    "We have Rango at home."

    Rango at home:

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Are we just not gonna talk about the fact that Mr. Tweedy murdered his wife

  • Antz

    Antz

    I am entirely baffled by nearly every single aspect of this film.

    But I think I enjoyed it?

  • Heathers

    Heathers

    Stilted and awkward in a lot of ways; while it does tell a compelling story and offer a handful of great quotes, it does it with such little energy and poor pacing that it's really hard to get invested.

    I should mention that I'm a massive fan of Heathers the Musical, which takes the elements of this film that work and really goes all out in crafting an outrageous, tense, compelling comedy-thriller. This film is more of a novelty as…