So jaw-droppingly unpredictable and weird that Quentin Dupieux might send his regards, "Miranda Veil" tips the scale early into its first act. The first 20 minutes might have you cringing at the setup and the dialog-delivery. And then the storyline kicks in and you're left to untangle a messy yet consuming web of existentialist musings and cryptic conversations. Some serious aesthetic beauty happening here too.
It's reasonable to feel a tad underwhelmed when the credits roll on "A Father's Legacy." By definition, it's a dialog-driven film, but that dialog consists of a couple sentences at a time, exchanged between a crotchety Tobin Bell and a stubborn Jason Mac. It never takes a big narrative swing, but it doesn't really misstep, even with its faith angle. Clearly a cathartic work for Mac, which gives it authenticity.
I remember, during the last week of fourth grade, the administration, I guess, ran out of things to teach us, so they gathered the entire class in the hallway to watch this movie.
It was awesome and still my favorite memory of elementary school.
Looking back, the movie is all right, but the TV series is still one of the smartest animated shows ever made, comfortably residing next to "Arthur" as a show that truly understood kids and how to profile their ideas and identify them better than even they could.