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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★★★★

    Between the years of 1989 and 1999, Walt Disney Pictures released a series of ten animated feature films that enjoyed widespread critical acclaim as well as enormous financial success. The iconic movies of this triumphant era, as well as the soundtracks, Broadway productions, theme park attractions and various other media they inspired, had an overwhelming cultural impact, with the films themselves accumulating numerous awards and going on to be heralded as true classics that defined an entire generation. This historic…

  • Shanghai Knights

    Shanghai Knights

    ★★★★★

    There is a moment about halfway through ‘Shanghai Knights’ that never fails to bring a smile to my face. Our two main protagonists are walking through a field together after an obligatory Stonehenge joke (“Who would leave a pile of stones in the middle of a field?” “I don’t know, Chon. These people are nuts”). The sun is shining in a bright blue sky, and an acoustic guitar, a piano and a flute begin playing a blissfully happy and peaceful…

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  • Lars and the Real Girl

    Lars and the Real Girl

    ★★★½

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

    *This will be less a review and more a character analysis that will also serve to explore the themes, motifs and symbolism conveyed in the film through dialogue, imagery and other techniques

    American literary scholar and writer Joseph Campbell once said, “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness”. We see this transformation of consciousness come to life in Craig Gillespie’s 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl through…